Stem cell breakthrough cures man of HIV

There is a massive breakthrough when it comes to the ongoing quest to find a cure for the dreaded HIV virus. In a first, a leukemia patient treated in Berlin with HIV-resistant stem cells has been cured of the HIV virus. He was treated with the stem cells back in 2007 and three years later is free of HIV.

For more than 25 years, HIV has been killing thousands of people each year, the majority of them from the continent of Africa. Researchers have made huge strides in developing medicines to reduce symptoms and slow down its progression, but up until now nobody has actually been cured. An interesting side note to this case, is the fact that in other leukemia patients with HIV who underwent the same form of treatment, the same results were not observed, meaning that they were not cured.

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