An HIV-positive man in London reported to be the second HIV cured patient worldwide.
The HIV patient who received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor.
Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after coming off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the man’s previous HIV infection.
Dr.Ravindra Gupta an HIV biologist who treated the patient said,that the patient is “functionally cured” and “in remission”, but cautioned: “It’s too early to say he’s cured.”
The first known HIV cured patient is Timothy Brown,from America,who still lives healthy and HIV free.He was first reported HIV in 2007 after undergoing a similar treatment in Germany.
Some 37 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV and the AIDS pandemic has killed around 35 million people worldwide since it began in the 1980s.
The London patient received the Bone marrow from a donor – who was unrelated – had a genetic mutation known as ‘CCR5 delta 32’, which confers resistance to HIV.
The London patient, whose case was set to be reported in the journal Nature and presented at a medical conference in Seattle on Tuesday.