London: After an HIV-positive man in the United Kingdom received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, he became only the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) virus.
After three years of receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation which resists HIV infection and been treated with antiretroviral drug for more than 1.5 years, tests reveal no signs of the previous HIV infection the man had.
“There is no virus there that we can measure. We can’t detect anything,” said Ravindra Gupta, a professor and HIV biologist who co-led a team of doctors treating the man, as reported by the Reuters. Gupta adds that the patient is functionally cured and that “it’s too early to say he’s cured.”
The first HIV patient to become free of the virus belongs to American, Timothy Brown, as Brown went treatment in Germany he known to be called as the “Berlin patient”. In 2007 he was cleared of HIV and reportedly continues to remain free of the virus.