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Advances in Curing HIV Infection Through Bone Marrow Transplant

curing-HIV-infectionRecent discoveries at the Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Centre in Boston leave HIV patients very hopeful for a new treatment.

Two men with long standing HIV infections were recently given bone marrow transplants at this hospital. At the time, both men were suffering from cancers of the blood.

As the patients’ own cells were replaced by the donor’s cells, tests showed the levels of virus in their blood fixedly dropped to being completely undetectable.

In fact, since the procedure, one of the men has stopped taking his antiretroviral medication to suppress his HIV about 4 months ago. The other stopped them as well more recently and they still have no detectable HIV in their blood cells.

while those from the division of infectious diseases at Brigham admit these results are exciting, they don’t consider this to indicate the men have been cured.

Both of the men are being monitored frequently and are going through extensive tests to try to find HIV in their tissue in addition to their blood cells. HIV has not been found in their tissue, although it cannot be said for sure it isn’t there. This virus is able to “hide” but remain capable of actively reappearing.

Even if the virus does not return, bone marrow transplants aren’t reasonable for everyone. Although, the results these men have experienced is certainly teaching scientists a significant amount of advanced information about how to fight the virus.

It’s hard to tell exactly what this means for modern science and HIV patients, but this could be a rapid advancement in the next years.

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  1. July 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    That is pretty amazing and very hopeful for those suffering from HIV, great information!

  2. July 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    It’s amazing what we as humans can do. This is a great discovery, can’t wait to see what else we can do.

  3. July 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I agree with AAMCO, 25 years ago you would never have thought this would even be possible. It’s great that we can!

  4. July 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    It’s a really exciting discovery, hopefully they can come up with an even better solution soon.

  5. July 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I heard about a college athlete that gave up his championship game to donate bone marrow to a cancer patient, very heartwarming. Bone marrow is so much more important now days.

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