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Two Patients Declared HIV-Free Following Bone Marrow Transplants
Jul 31, 2012 10:28
Two men who underwent bone-marrow transplants are reportedly now free of the HIV virus.
ABC News reports that traces of the virus seemed to disappear from both of the men’s DNA after they received new stem cells from donors and maintained a steady diet of antiretroviral drugs. The first patient in his 20s was born
with the virus; the other in his 50s acquired HIV at the start of
the AIDS epidemic in America. They both had their transplants in 2008 and
However, the science community is still cautious about claiming this as a cure, namely because finding bone-marrow donor matches is not easy, and it’s still too
soon to tell if any of these men will remain HIV- for the rest of their