We all know the way to prevent AIDS, but will there ever by a cure? Amazingly enough, a cure that could replace the expensive drugs that patients now have to take for life might be right around the corner.
Like so many scientific discoveries, this one originally came about by "accident." There are several previous reports of patients becoming virus-free after being treated for leukemia with a bone marrow transplant. The latest example occurred when a man who had been HIV-positive for 10 years developed leukemia. Since he was given a bone marrow transplant 2 years ago, his AIDS has stayed away as well.
In the February 12th edition of the Independent, Jeremy Laurance quotes researcher Gero Hutter as saying, "The difference is that in our patient we had a plan. It was not an accident. It is the longest time someone who has had antiretroviral therapy and stopped has lasted without the virus rebounding. Normally it rebounds within weeks. It is the closest we have come to a cure." This is incredibly exciting news.
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