Thursday, July 26, 2012

Men Cured of HIV

It's early in the game, but it appears that two men may have been cured of HIV infection through bone marrow transplants as cancer treatments. It also appears that the anti-retrovirals the men were taken, even through the transplant, which is not common, have protected the men from further infection.

"We expected HIV to vanish from the patients' plasma, but it is surprising that we can't find any traces of HIV in their cells," one of the researchers, Dr. Timothy Henrich, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, told ABC News. The network reported that the men received the bone marrow transplants while also being treated with anti-retrovirals.
Usually people with HIV are taken off their anti-retrovirals before cancer treatment, NBC News reported.

The finding "suggests that under the cover of anti-retroviral therapy, the cells that repopulated the patient's immune system appear to be protected from becoming re-infected with HIV," Henrich told ABC News.

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