‘Berlin Patient’ May Be First Man Cured Of AIDS

aids-cure-firstFrom CBS via Radio Television Caraibes reports:

A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene.

Timothy Ray Brown tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but has now entered scientific journals as the first man in world history to have that HIV virus completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a “functional cure.”

Brown was living in Berlin, Germany back in 2007, dealing with HIV and leukemia, when scientists there gave him a bone marrow stem cell transplant that had astounding results.

“I quit taking my HIV medication the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since,” said Brown, who has been dubbed “The Berlin Patient” by the medical community.

Brown’s amazing progress continues to be monitored by doctors at San Francisco General Hospital and at the University of California at San Francisco medical center.

“I’m cured of HIV. I had HIV but I don’t anymore,” he said, using words that many in the scientific community are cautiously clinging to.

[Continues at Radio Television Caraibes]

40 Comments on "‘Berlin Patient’ May Be First Man Cured Of AIDS"

  1. Navysealteam7 | May 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |

    The kids in Africa have been throwing off the AIDS virus for a while now thanks to multiple generations of carrying the disease that led to there immune systems to finally adapt and become HIV/AIDS resistant.

  2. Navysealteam7 | May 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm |

    The kids in Africa have been throwing off the AIDS virus for a while now thanks to multiple generations of carrying the disease that led to there immune systems to finally adapt and become HIV/AIDS resistant.

    • Mr. Coffee | May 18, 2011 at 4:00 am |

      You fail Evolution, forever.

      • Jackedu317 | May 18, 2011 at 4:28 am |

        evolution is a lie… sorry, a theory… like gravity, and economics…

        • Its not a lie, its just simplified into incorrectness most of the time… just like gravity and economics. Well economics can arguably be tossed to the wind though, its a human creation of a study of a human creation. Sort of a form of cultural and mental masturbation. 

        • Yes, gravity doesn’t exist. It is just a theory.

    • The immune system doesn’t ‘adap’t to the virus, the only thing that would happen is people would die off that don’t have the resistance, the surviving people would then pass this resistance on to their children. A la natural selection. 

      • That’s what standard medical knowledge would tell us, isn’t it.

        • superfluous | May 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm |

          standard medical knowledge also tends to tell us that the presence of viral antibodies is evidence of an immune response.

          • standard medical knowledge also tells us that the presence of the virus itself is a cause a disease rather than an implication of it. I hate to bring up the dead horse of correlation and causation but… 

          • superfluous | May 19, 2011 at 2:50 am |

            yeah, but then again hiv tests don’t actually test for presence of the virus, but rather test for antibodies to the viral dna strains. anyways, my point was that an hiv seropositive test means the immune system is adapting to or attempting to adapt to the virus. if that’s true (and not just my bafflement talking), nongenetic immunity should be possible. a la vaccination.
            lemme guess, pathogenesis still missing?

          •  Heh nahh, I’m not saying i know anything I’m just adding to the bafflement. I just hold a little understanding that the interactions in microbiology are a whole lot more complex in respects to viruses and immunity than “viruses kill and only live to kill and breed”

          • superfluous | May 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

            bafflement upgrade complete. 
            my comment(s) was also a response to the comment made by Pruning.
            basically a nurture type argument in a predominantly nature type discourse.

            and to baffle about even further; if an only indirectly detected virus that supposedly weakens the immune system over a prolonged period of time does not require a particular -immunity gene- in order to be neutralized/tolerated/whatever, but can be dealt with by a mere healthy immune system, then one can certainly question the wisdom of providing patients who seem to show signs of an initiated immune response to a supposed viral presence with a failed chemo drug that most definitely will weaken said patients immune system. “sorry, wrong dna – here’s your AZT!”

            i dunno…

  3.  its cool guys, they’ll just roll in another disease after this one is “cured”. Now,  “modern” medicine can always say “remember AIDS?? We cured that one! so this new one should be a piece of cake”

  4.  its cool guys, they’ll just roll in another disease after this one is “cured”. Now,  “modern” medicine can always say “remember AIDS?? We cured that one! so this new one should be a piece of cake”

    • JoiquimCouteau | May 18, 2011 at 12:54 am |

      1984: remember polio? We cured that one! So this new one should be a piece of cake
      1954: remember smallpox? We cured that one! So this new one should be a piece of cake
      1798: injecting diseased material into children didn’t prevent smallpox at all? Cook the books, no one will find out for 200 years!

  5. Anonymous | May 18, 2011 at 4:54 am |

    1984: remember polio? We cured that one! So this new one should be a piece of cake
    1954: remember smallpox? We cured that one! So this new one should be a piece of cake
    1798: injecting diseased material into children didn’t prevent smallpox at all? Cook the books, no one will find out for 200 years!

  6. Anonymous | May 18, 2011 at 4:57 am |

    This is ridiculous, thousands have been diagnosed HIV+ who have later tested negative. Thousands, if not millions, have also had AIDS defining diseases who have also overcome them. This is the medical equivalent of announcing bin laden is dead 10 years after it happened.

     “I quit taking my HIV medication the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since”

  7. JoiquimCouteau | May 18, 2011 at 12:57 am |

    This is ridiculous, thousands have been diagnosed HIV+ who have later tested negative. Thousands, if not millions, have also had AIDS defining diseases who have also overcome them. This is the medical equivalent of announcing bin laden is dead 10 years after it happened.

     “I quit taking my HIV medication the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since”

  8. Haha took my point and ran with it.

  9. superfluous | May 18, 2011 at 7:53 am |

    i don’t think you’re getting the point..
     
    an immunity gene/hiv drug/bone marrow transplant cures hiv patients of leukemia while they have aids, and then they don’t have to take the drugs any more because they’re no longer hiv patients..

    what do you mean this doesn’t make sense, man was cured of aids, wasn’t he? And that’s what matters.

  10. superfluous | May 18, 2011 at 3:53 am |

    i don’t think you’re getting the point..
     
    an immunity gene/hiv drug/bone marrow transplant cures hiv patients of leukemia while they have aids, and then they don’t have to take the drugs any more because they’re no longer hiv patients..

    what do you mean this doesn’t make sense, man was cured of aids, wasn’t he? And that’s what matters.

  11. Mr. Coffee | May 18, 2011 at 8:00 am |

    You fail Evolution, forever.

  12. Jackedu317 | May 18, 2011 at 8:28 am |

    evolution is a lie… sorry, a theory… like gravity, and economics…

  13. Jackedu317 | May 18, 2011 at 8:31 am |

    this story is at least 2 years old… i’ve read it before…

  14. Jackedu317 | May 18, 2011 at 4:31 am |

    this story is at least 2 years old… i’ve read it before…

  15. The immune system doesn’t ‘adap’t to the virus, the only thing that would happen is people would die off that don’t have the resistance, the surviving people would then pass this resistance on to their children. A la natural selection. 

  16. That’s what standard medical knowledge would tell us, isn’t it.

  17. superfluous | May 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |

    standard medical knowledge also tends to tell us that the presence of viral antibodies is evidence of an immune response.

  18. the_new_church | May 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm |

    Man, my buddy’s gonna need this in a few years

  19. the_new_church | May 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

    Man, my buddy’s gonna need this in a few years

  20. standard medical knowledge also tells us that the presence of the virus itself is a cause a disease rather than an implication of it. I hate to bring up the dead horse of correlation and causation but… 

  21. superfluous | May 19, 2011 at 6:50 am |

    yeah, but then again hiv tests don’t actually test for presence of the virus, but rather test for antibodies to the viral dna strains. anyways, my point was that an hiv seropositive test means the immune system is adapting to or attempting to adapt to the virus. if that’s true (and not just my bafflement talking), nongenetic immunity should be possible. a la vaccination.
    lemme guess, pathogenesis still missing?

  22.  Heh nahh, I’m not saying i know anything I’m just adding to the bafflement. I just hold a little understanding that the interactions in microbiology are a whole lot more complex in respects to viruses and immunity than “viruses kill and only live to kill and breed”

  23. Its not a lie, its just simplified into incorrectness most of the time… just like gravity and economics. Well economics can arguably be tossed to the wind though, its a human creation of a study of a human creation. Sort of a form of cultural and mental masturbation. 

  24. superfluous | May 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    bafflement upgrade complete. 
    my comment(s) was also a response to the comment made by Pruning.
    basically a nurture type argument in a predominantly nature type discourse.

    and to baffle about even further; if an only indirectly detected virus that supposedly weakens the immune system over a prolonged period of time does not require a particular -immunity gene- in order to be neutralized/tolerated/whatever, but can be dealt with by a mere healthy immune system, then one can certainly question the wisdom of providing patients who seem to show signs of an initiated immune response to a supposed viral presence with a failed chemo drug that most definitely will weaken said patients immune system. “sorry, wrong dna – here’s your AZT!”

    i dunno…

  25. I wrote from experience of such a patient years ago.

  26. I wrote from experience of such a patient years ago.

  27. Anonymous | Jun 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm |

    Yes, gravity doesn’t exist. It is just a theory.

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