Known as the “Berlin patient,” Timothy Ray Brown, in 2008 cured from Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV.
Brown considered cured from the infection after receiving two bone-marrow transplants to treat a separate disease – acute myeloid leukemia.
According to CNN report, the bone marrow he received came from a donor who had a genes which carried a rare mutation that made him resistant to HIV, known as CCR5-delta 32 .
The clinicians attended Brown said traces of virus were seen to his blood a few years later, but still undetectable despite Brown not being undergo antiretroviral treatment.
There are various attempts on different patients using the same approach, including the Boston patients, but still Brown remains the only person known who has been cured of HIV.
But good news are now ahead, a new study reveals data on a new set of HIV patients whose reservoirs of HIV have fallen to very new levels after receiving a range of stem cell transplants similar to Brown’s.
The new study was presented at the 2016 Towards an HIV cure symposium, and also ahead of the upcoming 21st International AIDS conference in Durban,South Africa.
The researchers divulge that the participants of the projects are in need of stem cell transplant in order to cure severe blood disorders, in addition to being positive in the infections.
The 15 patients monitored in the study to date are still on antiretroviral treatment, unlike Brown, but have received stem cell transplants.Three of which had their operations three years ago and have been studied in close since then.