A few years ago 46-year-old Timothy Brown became the only person to have ever been cured of AIDS.
While his remarkable recovery is proof that AIDS is possible to cure, the process is extremely difficult and not yet practical to administer to all patients. Brown had received blood stem cells for leukemia from a donor with a genetic mutation that made him resistant to the disease, the mutation exists in less than 1 percent of the population and is very awkward to find. "My case is the proof in concept that HIV can be cured," he said.
Dr. Lawrence Petz was keen to emphasise that the treatment would only be given to patients who are receiving a blood stem cell transplant for another underlying condition. "It can be done," he said. "It's just a matter of time."
"The fact that Timothy Brown is a reasonably healthy 46-year-old is no small thing."
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