Man Appears Free of HIV After Stem Cell Transplant

Jacquelyne Froeber writes on CNN:

A 42-year-old HIV patient with leukemia appears to have no detectable HIV in his blood and no symptoms after a stem cell transplant from a donor carrying a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to the virus that causes AIDS, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“The patient is fine,” said Dr. Gero Hutter of Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin in Germany. “Today, two years after his transplantation, he is still without any signs of HIV disease and without antiretroviral medication.”

The case was first reported in November, and the new report is the first official publication of the case in a medical journal. Hutter and a team of medical professionals performed the stem cell transplant on the patient, an American living in Germany, to treat the man’s leukemia, not the HIV itself.

However, the team deliberately chose a compatible donor who has a naturally occurring gene mutation that confers resistance to HIV. The mutation cripples a receptor known as CCR5, which is normally found on the surface of T cells, the type of immune system cells attacked by HIV.

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12 Comments on "Man Appears Free of HIV After Stem Cell Transplant"

  1. say what? ha, stem cells. amazing

    Germany, i here is pretty cool. not just col

  2. A little research will reveal that HIV does not cause AIDS, so this story is a fizzle…

    • I'll bite | Feb 22, 2010 at 5:32 am |

      @Tony: wow, you're the greatest troll ever. I tip my hat to you, sir.

      • so did you do some research, or are you only wanting to spout off?

        • Hooray for you not knowing anything but still pulling the “Have you researched it at all?” Why yes, I have, and you are absolutely wrong. The definition of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is this (according to the Mayo clinic): “AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the final and most serious stage of HIV disease, which causes severe damage to the immune system.” Essentially, the end stage of HIV is called AIDS.

          You don't know anything, so stop pretending to.

    • dumbsaint | Feb 22, 2010 at 8:01 am |

      Even if this was the case, why exactly is curing HIV alone remotely 'a fizzle'?

  3. more proof that the faith lobby is turning us into a medical 3rd world country

    • dumbsaint | Feb 22, 2010 at 7:58 am |

      Seriously. They're preventing the treatment of thousands upon thousands on ..moral.. grounds? You couldn't be more evil if you calculated it that way.

  4. The science behind this is wicked cool.

    And the idea that some people would be willing to let literally MILLIONS die of AIDS rather than use a bunch of glorified GOO to fix the problem, all because they basically believe that “life” begins when you're just THINKING about having sex, is atrocious.

  5. terenceantonleary | Feb 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm |

    a cure for aids huh? about time damn.
    i guess if you have hiv you better get your passport cause'
    you ain't gettn' cured in the good ol' u.s.of a. hyuk hyuk

  6. try this

    and do a google on ‘hiv doesnt cause aids’

    and find out the truth for yourself, you dopey turd

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