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Man cured of AIDS still going strong

Posted on Monday, 11 June, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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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Comment icon #3 Posted by ROGER on 11 June, 2012, 17:28
Didn't you see the episode of southpark where the boys go to Magic Johnson's house to ask him how he is still alive. The answer to the question, as it turned out, was that there is a cure for AIDS, money. Sad to think that is the case for most cures is it not?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 11 June, 2012, 17:38
Good for him..Hope more people get the same cure
Comment icon #5 Posted by miss_fionna on 11 June, 2012, 23:27
Depending on your definition of cured, others have too. I think it might not be considered a "cure" because of the maintenance care, which is really sad.
Comment icon #6 Posted by csspwns on 12 June, 2012, 2:00
i need a cure for runny noses
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mentalcase on 12 June, 2012, 2:24
i need a cure for runny noses You do, it's called stop doing blow.
Comment icon #8 Posted by coolguy on 12 June, 2012, 3:51
Magic Johnson could have lied about haveing aids in the frist place There is the age old conspiracy that aids is man made by the government
Comment icon #9 Posted by Whatsinausername on 12 June, 2012, 6:23
So he's 100% HIV/AIDS free? And not infectious? I'm a little skeptical.. but if he is, that's great.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker on 12 June, 2012, 18:44
What about Magic Johnson? Or was that HIV? Either way, I know he has no trace of it in his blood tests now. Magic Johnson has not been cured of AIDS. He never had AIDS. He has HIV, the virus that can lead into AIDS. He takes regular treatments for his HIV every day. http://en.wikipedia....i/Magic_Johnson To prevent his HIV infection from progressing to AIDS, Johnson takes a daily combination of drugs. But among the biggest myths he wants to set straight is that he has not been cured. [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker on 12 June, 2012, 18:48 This is really cool. Perhaps if they figure out what it is the mutation that prevents HIV infection is, then they can distribute that to infected people and effectively cure HIV and AIDS.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Paranomali on 24 June, 2012, 4:51
What an amazing story. Hopefully one day it will be widely available to everyone

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