Doctors Claim Stem Cell Transplant Cured HIV In Patient

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Stem cell research is one of the most controversial subjects in science today; however, more and more evidence is showing the benefits of further studies and even utilization. Most recently, there have been claims that a patient out of San Francisco cured his HIV (the often-deadly virus caused by AIDS) with stem cells.

Timothy Brown headed to Berlin to be treated by renowned blood specialist Dr. Gero Hutter while living in Germany following his diagnosis of Leukemia in 2006. Dr. Hutter transferred blood stem cells derived from a donor that had a gene mutation making him or her resistant to HIV.

Since the surgery in 2007, Brown claims that he has not taken any medication for HIV, and Dr. Hutter claims the patient is cured, with neither the HIV nor leukemia reoccurring. The idea for treatment came about as Brown was undergoing chemotherapy, and thus requiring a blood stem cell transplant. Attempting to kill two birds with one stone, Dr. Hutter suggested using this rare stem cell to see if it would cure Brown’s HIV.

The case, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009, has created quite a wave in the medical community. As Dr. Hutter continues to try to further research this phenomenon, finding patients willing to undergo a treatment such as this and who have both HIV and cancer are difficult to come by, slowing down progress. However, patients with AIDS and HIV wait with baited breath to see if there is in fact a cure for this formerly incurable disease.

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