Cancer leads scientists to discover cure for HIV
Doctor cautionsThe Guardian. The man, nicknamed The London Man, was said to have contracted the HIV virus in 2003. He was diagnosed with the cancer in 2012. Four years later, doctors gave him a bone marrow transplant, and luckily for him, his donor for the marrow had natural immunity to HIV. Another four years after the transplant, the man has been found to be free of the virus.
SEE ALSO :Governor Sonko sues Star over HIV storyDr Gupta, a virologist at University of London, described the cure as "remission", a term normally used with cancer patients to mean that one is not cancer free, as the cancer cells are still in the body but inactive. Unlike in the first case 12 years ago involving Timothy Ray Brown from Berlin, Germany, who described his bone marrow transplant as near death experience, the latest case had minimal side effects, thanks to progress in the medical field.
Bone marrow transplantBrown, apart from being HIV-positive, had leukemia and had bone marrow transplant after chemotherapy proved futile. During the treatment, he was put into a medically induced comma to manage the severe side effects of the now outdated immuno-suppresive drugs. The London Man has not been on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) for 18 months.
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