No trace of HIV virus after successful stem cell transplantation
Two patients known to have carried that HIV virus in their blood have been declared HIV-free after a successful stem cell transplantation. The University Medical Center Utrecht made the announcement at an international AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa on Thursday.
Thorough inspection of the patients’ blood were inspected but no trace of the virus could be found.The risky operation was performed on two patients who had HIV and cancer; a complication that usually arises from carrying the HIV virus for a significant amount of time. HIV is the virus that brings about the deadly syndrome know as AIDS.
Until now, only one person has been cured of HIV. Current conventional treatment involves taking a combination of medications to only suppress the HIV for an entire lifetime.