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Cure for HIV could have been found – 5th person cured of HIV after groundbreaking treatment

A 53 year old man in Germany has been reportedly cured of HIV after a high-risk stem cell transplant. The findings were published in the journal Nature, and the man showed no detectable virus in his body after stopping his HIV medications for more than four years. This patient joins a small group of people who have been said to be cured of HIV under extreme circumstances.

ABC News medical contributor and emergency medicine physician, Dr. Darian Sutton, discussed the breakthrough. Dr. Sutton stated that this was a remarkable breakthrough that adds to the years and decades of research that has been done to find a cure for HIV. The patient had been diagnosed with HIV in 2011 and was unfortunately diagnosed with leukemia for which he was given chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Importantly, his stem cell transplant came from a donor who was naturally resistant against HIV.

Many may not know, but there is a small percentage of the population that don’t have the receptors needed for HIV to bind and cause infection. After the transplant, the patient began to develop new and healthy cells, and was able to have no detectable virus in his body for more than four years after stopping his HIV medications. According to HIV.gov, more than 38 million people globally are living with HIV, with 1.2 million in the U.S. alone. This case is a remarkable breakthrough that adds to the research done to find a cure for HIV.

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