Meet the First Person to Be Cured Of Aids
June 20th, 2012 | General » Blog »
Timothy Brown received a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat the leukemia he had developed as a result of his HIV. Fast forward to 2012, and doctors can find no trace of the HIV/AIDS virus in Brown's body. Brown's doctors have concluded that he is the first person to ever be cured of the virus, which has been notoriously difficult and expensive to treat, let alone cure.
Brown's cure was a stroke of random luck, as the blood stem cells he received were from a donor with a special mutation which occurs in less than 1% of the population and made the donor resistant to HIV. Doctors hope to use this treatment to develop a universal cure for AIDS, but Brown himself sums it up best stating that he doesn't "want to be the only person in the world cured of HIV" and that he "want(s) a cure for everyone." With a little more luck hopefully his wish comes true and a cure for AIDS can be developed in the nearer future than ever thought possible.
You can read more about this exciting cure here.