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A SINGLE PATIENT CURED OF HIV ISN’T A TREND, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

A man who was HIV positive and also required a bone marrow transplant for a form of cancer still remains free of the infection years after the procedure, in what looks to be an apparent cure for HIV, the most recent follow up reported.  But Joel Gallant, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, says this doesn’t mean bone marrow transplantation is the answer for HIV infection.

GALLANT: This probable cure of a patient in Berlin is scientifically fascinating but we need to keep in mind that it’s not a cure, it doesn’t have any immediate implications for people with HIV today.  People with HIV should not be wishing for a bone marrow transplant.  Assuming that you could find the right kind of donor, and people with these types of deletions are uncommon, and assuming that you survived the transplant you’d then be replacing a treatable form of immunosuppression with one you had to maintain through life to avoid infection.   :28

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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