Second Recorded Case of HIV Patient Being Cured
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Second Recorded Case of HIV Patient Cured of Once-Uncurablely Fatal Disease
With The World’s Second Known Case of HIV Cured, Is a Worldwide Remedy in Our Near Future?
LONDON: An anonymous male from London has seemingly beat HIV. Diagnosed in 2003, the unnamed patient underwent extensive therapies and operations including a bone marrow transplant, a stem cell transplant with a rare CCR5 mutation (in May of 2016 to reportedly treat his Hodgkin’s lymphoma), chemotherapy, and antiretroviral therapy drugs until late 2017.
As of this writing, the Londoner has been HIV-free for 18 months, according to his doctor’s lab test results.
While almost entirely unheard of, this is actually the second time in history that an HIV-Postive individual was cured of the once uncurable, and almost certainly fatal disease.
The Only Other Documented Case of HIV Being Cured
The other case in which an HIV-positive patient was cured of their ostensibly lifelong malady made headlines 12 years ago. The patient, Timothy Ray Brown, nearly died to beat the historically formidable disease by undergoing seriously dangerous experimental treatments that included bone-marrow transplants (also for cancer treatment) and a “cocktail of drugs” that doctors say, “put his life in serious jeopardy.” After overcoming a life-threatening coma, Timothy awoke a new man, cured of a disease that has taken the lives of nearly 700,000 Americans since the early 1980s.
Timothy is a rare exception to the rule, however. Though he remains “technically cured,” others who have attempted the same regimen have yet to yield the same life-changing results - until now.
The doctor who presented the findings of Timothy Ray Brown’s groundbreaking case, told a conference in Seattle,” “Everybody believed after the Berlin patient that you needed to nearly die basically to cure HIV, but now maybe you don’t.”
While somewhat skeptical of these two men’s HIV-curing treatments, Gupta remains hopeful. As the New York Times reports “ Gupta's team says the London patient's treatment isn't conventional for all HIV patients but does offer hope for future HIV and AIDS treatments.
Outside of the US HIV-Related Deaths Take the Lives of Tens of Millions Each Year
While the cure-all for HIV and AIDS seems far off the horizon in terms of universal application, the breaking news of a second case of HIV being cured provides much-needed hope to those part of a worldwide epidemic made up of over 37 million people.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 40 million out of the 76.6 million of those affected by HIV have died since the epidemic was first discovered almost 40 years ago. However, those numbers have since dropped dramatically from roughly 52 percent to 40 percent between the years 2013 and 2017.
Still, with nearly one million people dying from the disease in 2017, HIV remains to be one of the world’s deadliest epidemics.
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