The Only People Who Have Ever Been Cured of HIV/AIDS

September 21, 2014


The Only People Who Have Ever Been Cured of HIV

Given how much the phrase "HIV cure" has been thrown around, you might start to think that we actually have one.

We don't. But we're getting closer.

Over the past few years, a tiny -- but slowly growing -- number of people appeared to have had active, living, reproducing HIV completely eliminated from their bodies. We say "appeared" because most of these individuals ultimately relapsed. However, there was a period of sustained remission that needs to be studied more.

This is uncharted territory, and researchers are still working hard to find ways to eradicate HIV or prolong the remission seen in some of these extraordinary cases. For that reason, we tend to refer to people with no sign of HIV in their bodies not as "cured," but as "functionally cured."

Here's a quick look at the most solidly documented "functional HIV cure" cases we know of today.

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Comment by: mr.pipe (winston salem) Fri., Mar. 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm EDT
Wow God is good...
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Comment by: Annette Williams ( Warner Robins Ga) Fri., Mar. 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm EDT
Magic Johnson should be a great candidate. He has a healthy lifestyle. People have been giving and giving and no cure. Where is the money going?
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Comment by: Nour itani (Beirut) Mon., Mar. 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm EST
You missed out the well documented case of three full blown aids patient who is now serotonin negative using only nigella sativa oil.
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Comment by: Leo Finnegan (Hobe Sound FL) Sat., Feb. 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm EST
I believe you're missing Laura O'Brien of Limerick Ireland
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Comment by: Cheryl Irvine (los angelrs, ca) Mon., Feb. 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm EST
What about majic johnson. What has his treatment consisted of
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Comment by: mr. scott (MICHIGAN) Fri., Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:22 am EST
Why is Magic Johnson not on this list? And why is his absence of HIV discussed further.......?
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Comment by: J (Psl fl) Wed., Dec. 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm EST
I was diagnosed with hiv in 2006. While being in a monogamous relationship with someone who was not truthful about their partners in the past. I have always had a strong immune system, rare colds like maybe 5-6 times (I'm 30). I have never progressed, have an undetectable viral load. I am enrolled in clinical trials to see if they can find out if there is somethin in my DNA that fights off the virus. I am thankful everyday that I am blessed. I want people to study my DNA, I think there is something in there that is helping fight this thing off, I sometimes feel like I don't really have it, but I'm waiting to see what happens I guess.
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Comment by: John (scottsdale, AZ) Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm EST
The cure of HIV is exist but it will not be available to the public until we have a hero or whistleblower who can reveal it to the public.
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Comment by: Maribel (York,Pa) Fri., Nov. 14, 2014 at 11:38 am EST
My son was dianost with HIV on 2001 ,they said he was live four more year and thank to God he still here.
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Comment by: Itzmekelolo (Chicago Illinois) Sun., Nov. 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm EST
I hope it's a cure
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Comment by: Jacque Mal (Houston, Texas) Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm EDT
What was the longest dormant period seen on a "functionally cured" patient?
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Comment by: danny walker (miami fla.) Sun., Sep. 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm EDT
$14,000.00 a year for hiv, treatmeant don,t seem too be alot considering I spend $14,200 00 for back pain meds.
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Comment by: Michelle (Wichita, KS) Fri., Sep. 5, 2014 at 12:19 am EDT
Haven't seen Magic Johnson look even slightly I'll since he broke the news about his pos. status...
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Comment by: ronald.sabb ( Sat., Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:14 am EDT
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Comment by: EricD (New York, my) Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm EST
Actually they didn't infect them, they followed the progress of the disease of 400 afr-America men from about 1930-1972. Still not good, but not the same thing.
Comment by: Martian (Mars(duh)) Mon., Dec. 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm EST
You were there, huh? You have proof obviously...

Comment by: lauree (fort worth tx) Fri., Aug. 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm EDT
I at one time in my life worked for a homeless sheltet and i watched folks die from this disease. Thank God theres a cure on the horizon.
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Comment by: angie wallace (new york) Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm EDT
Maybe thay should try this on other people if thay can give someone else a try god is good.
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Comment by: Otto (Los Angeles) Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:52 am EDT
This is out of date. The "miracle baby" and the two Boston bone marrow transplant patients have all had recurrence of active HIV infection.
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Comment by: Ben (Visalia, ca) Mon., Aug. 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm EDT
The reason that Magic Johnson has been omitted off of this list is because I believe he never had been infected with the HIV strain. It had to have recieved a false positive. He has always been the healthiest looking HIV paTient ever
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Comment by: Steve (Georgia) Fri., Dec. 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm EST
He is not on the list because he was never cured. He is living with HIV. This list means that they were treated and no longer had HIV

Comment by: IAMAMAN (mplsMN) Wed., Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm EDT
you need to fact check your self namly the baby
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Comment by: egeonu (lagos) Tue., Jul. 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm EDT
I dnt tink hiv/aids has any cure for now, so i expect d public to b very careful and play safe
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Comment by: Mr. Donaho (Washington) Tue., Jul. 22, 2014 at 6:47 am EDT
Several years ago my sister gave birth to my niece and nephew while HIV positive. Both of the children were HIV positive, and aged 1yr apart. By the time they were 6 and 7, they came up HIV negative many times, by many doctors and to this day they are free of HIV. They are in their teens now, and don't even remember having it. The thing is.. they never had HIV treatments more than once.. and yet they still beat it. Praise God.
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Comment by: Tracy (North Carolina) Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:11 am EDT
That is no uncommon, babies zero convert

Comment by: just Z (Denver, CO) Thu., Jul. 17, 2014 at 1:04 am EDT
Unfortunately, the Mississippi Baby recently tested positive for HIV.
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Comment by: Christopher (Batesville , AR) Sun., Jul. 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm EDT
Sadly the Missippi baby has recently regressed and has an active HIV load.
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Comment by: Mitchell (Los Angeles) Sat., Jul. 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm EDT
Unfortunately the Mississippi is no longer on the list of "cured".
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Comment by: Maris (Imo) Fri., Jul. 11, 2014 at 2:02 am EDT
With God al tins re possible bt i dnt tink dat hiv/AIDS Can be cured medically.i pray 4 dose dat ve it 2 be cured.amen
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Comment by: Abdulmalik Oziandu (Nigeria) Thu., May. 22, 2014 at 10:20 am EDT
To get the total cure of HIV needs complete collaboration with not only the European orthodux medicine,with the inclution of African tradomedical herbs we can achieve the total cure.
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Comment by: Souci Liberte (Miami Beach, Florida) Wed., May. 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm EDT
Just wondering about including the baby in this group. What I was taught was all babies are born with the virus because they were using their mothers blood system and as they start developing their own blood and immunity systems, many of them clear the
Virus. I know this because I have observed it happen over and over. It is a tragedy it is not true for all but it has been true for many.
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Comment by: Next to Dead, obviously (Hellbound) Tue., Apr. 29, 2014 at 12:01 am EDT
You have the devilish balls to tell people that they will not get well--I'm sorry you were abused, but wthell. Wow
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Comment by: Michelle Moran (Atlanta, Georgia ) Sun., Apr. 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm EDT
This puts a smile on my face that can't be erased! Unbelievable!
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Comment by: Michelle Moran (Atlanta, Georgia ) Sun., Apr. 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm EDT
We as people now have a second chance at life. I lost someone so dear to me from this deadly disease & I've been praying for a miracle. God does answer prayers! :-)
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Comment by: Peters Nyamkyume (Benue State,Nigeria) Fri., Apr. 25, 2014 at 2:53 am EDT
the world's medical experts should be appreciated 4 their tirless efforts in curbin dis enemy of life(HIV/Aids),still,let dem do more.
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Comment by: chinenye Emezieezeh (Nigeria) Thu., Apr. 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm EDT
Human immune virus is the fear among many faces today including Nigeria but the funny thing there is that those infected are seriously giving it out without mercy God we need ur help!
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Comment by: Khosi Mdluli (South africa,springs) Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:42 am EST
It just sucks how the process of finding a cure is going slow but we claim to have powerful specialist n scientists not to mention the money the government is spending on educating doctors but stil more and more people keep on dying n they are doing nothing about that..mxm
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Comment by: Lindiwe Tshamlambo (South Africa,benoni) Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:29 am EST
I would like to know if there wil ever be a cure in the near In 2020 because people keep on dying of this deseas and it seems like there is nothing that is done..people who are working on finding a cure for HIV are not infected by the virus that is why they are taking their time,if they were infected the process would have been be honest whats taking time cos u know what virus u are working on top of but its just hard to come out with a just sad that you are waiting for it to kil more people in order for u to work faster..its irritating
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Comment by: Suzy (San Francisco) Mon., Feb. 17, 2014 at 10:47 am EST
I want to know who did the illustrations. They are cool!
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Comment by: Carol Ann Kyrias (Chicago, IL) Mon., Feb. 17, 2014 at 12:45 am EST
Steve Pieters. Contact through Metropolitan Community Churches (he's on Facebook).
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Comment by: John Connor (Southern NJ ) Tue., Jan. 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm EST
They left out Magic Johnson, several Hollywood stars, and half of Congress. Everyone knows "the cure" exists OF YOUR RICH ENOUGH!
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Comment by: Reeky Rickardo (Idaho) Sat., Dec. 21, 2013 at 12:22 am EST
I reasoned such a praxis possible in 1996. I worked out the odds, considered the mechanics of establishing donor banks--fetal stem cell research was a hot topic back then; geneticists were busy cloning sheep, making glow-in-the-dark tobacco and fluorescent fish--everyone I told about the idea greeted me with skepticism. While technically complex the premise is remarkably simple: change the locks and the bad guys can't get in. Bravo good doctors. Bravo. It's a damn shame that the technical complexity--ie cost--will prevent it from being applied to the teeming masses in impoverished regions like Africa or the bottom 90/100 in the United States.
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Comment by: Dan L. Russell (Houston,TX) Thu., Dec. 5, 2013 at 1:29 am EST
As long as drug manufacters continue to make huge profits on the backs of those with HIV, There won't be a cure. AS Long as governments view the disease as a way to control over population along with war, and a way to rid the world of those they consider undesirable, there will never be a cure. NOT UNTIL the virus touches someone they love will there be a secret cure or the cure released from this bio-war they invented, but only for the wealthy.
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Comment by: Miranda (New Orleans, LA) Sun., Dec. 15, 2013 at 8:51 am EST
If this ow what you really think, study and work through a university to create a view. It's easy to throw out criticism like yours without ANY proof. These companies are supplying expensive medicines to 3rd world patients free of charge.
Get a clue beyond the standard crap,
Comment by: Jeffrey Beansworth (Minneapolis, MN) Sat., May. 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm EDT
I'd like to disagree, but considering what's happened with diabetes and the massive business it is to treat, I wouldn't be so sure he's wrong.

Comment by: Zachariah (Lagos. Nigeria) Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 at 4:48 am EST
I really appreciate those scientist they've really done well in saving the life of the people. But i wish they have found the total solution like a vaccine or pills that will cure it once and for all so that they can distribute it to other country that this deadly deases has taken over Coz its really killing people in my country. But any way good job.
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Comment by: chips (Zimbabwe Africa) Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 at 2:17 am EST
I think we are making the right steps. All efforts should be channeled towards finding a cure and I think enough is not being done in that area. Most Donor Funds are being spend on useless hotel functions and printing of T-Shirts while people are dying. The stem cell approach seems more likely to offer a cure however, a combination if approaches could used as shown in the different scenarios described. If the whole world go all out to find a cure I am sure within reasonable targets (time eg 3 years) we should have a cure!
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Comment by: mark (asheville,nc) Fri., Oct. 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm EDT
It's obvious you haven,t checked out the small and poor West African country where no less than 28 HIV infected people were sent home completely cured-they were given juiced beets. Do some real research before you print BS for the masses. Only people ever ...right.
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Comment by: Schmendrick (Idaho) Mon., Feb. 17, 2014 at 10:49 am EST
Juiced beats cures AIDS? Good to know!
Comment by: sandy (Phila. PA) Tue., Jun. 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm EDT
Mark, the reason you couldn't NAME this fabled "small and poor West African country", where HIV/AIDS was "completely cured" with "juiced beets", is because it DOESN'T exist!!
(Next time give us the city and country name! The name of the researcher and the facility! Also the year, and names of a medical journal or medical doctors who've verified that "juiced beets" CURED these HIV patients!)

Comment by: Trent Landers (San Jose, Ca.) Wed., Oct. 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm EDT
Most people reading this article will view it as a revelation or at least hope in eradicating this devastating disease ( remember heterosexuals, HIV2 IS EASILY TRANSMITTABLE, just ask the men and women in AFRICA and Mediterranean Countries). This virus is ALSO highly mutational, so it COULD turn into a "flu like virus". I have 4 comments to the medical establishment: 1) Why the medical community of front line doctors, researchers,, have not made Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) available to those who would be highly likely to adhere well to taking a pill to prevent infection?2) Why has the medical community NOT pushed for more Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) therapy, as they have commonly used it for newborns to HIV+ women for the last 10 years? 3) Why is blood the only thing tested for HIV viral load when seminal fluid and mucous from the penis, vaginal and anal epidermal walls, respectively, has a much higher concentration of active HIV replication and storage? (4 Why has the medical community and BIG PHARMA NOT developed a anti-microbial or at least an anti-inflammatory intercourse gel from the Tamarind bush, which has demonstrated active anti-inflammatory results to the point that the process of extracting the gel from the seeds of this plant has been patented? Our FDA, NIH and CDC are in collusion with BIG PHARMA to maximize profits and ensure revolving door employment for those in the gov't. agencies mentioned and big and small PHARMA companies who need the lobbying talents of our TAX paid for political representatives and gov't. workers to insure their immoral and excessive profits.
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Comment by: Ron (USA) Tue., Sep. 3, 2013 at 10:55 am EDT
Yes, there is a cure--if you can afford it and if you're important enough! Ever wonder why famous movie stars and politicians aren't dying of AIDS??? They have more sex partners in a year than you can count, and don't try telling me they're all using condoms!!
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Comment by: Tralfaz D (San Francisco, CA) Wed., Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm EDT
Good news, but then again, never seen so much money spent to cure a disease that is 100% PREVENTABLE. Think about that for a moment.
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Comment by: Patti (Philadelphia, PA) Mon., Jul. 29, 2013 at 10:02 am EDT
This article is misleading - there have got to be others who have survived, because I know of three personally: My sister and her twin daughters. My sister has been HIV positive for over 35 years. Her twins were born HIV positive, a few weeks later, were tested HIV negative (and are adults today, still HIV negative.

My sister often said that people should study her as her levels were undetectable for many, many years. In fact, she is currently participating in an NIH study in DC.

Unfortunately, her levels have suddenly increased to detectable levels. After being off all medications for at least 10-15 years, she is going back onto some. But, she has survived this disease for many years and, we hope, will continue to do so going forward.
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Comment by: Kathryn (San Jose, California) Sat., Dec. 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm EST
Re-read your comment, that means they were NOT cured.
Comment by: Layla (Vegas) Thu., Aug. 21, 2014 at 9:15 am EDT
She said the twins were negative. Only the mother has numbers increasing..... "re-read" her comment.
Comment by: Lisa (Maryland) Mon., Dec. 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm EST
35+ years as of 2013?! Just want to point out for anyone reading this that HIV was first clinically observed in 1981. 2013-35 years would be 1978...

Comment by: C.Hall (St.Loius,MO) Sat., Jul. 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm EDT
I'm glad there is some sort of treatment out here for HIV. In the 80's this disease was killing people without any success of hope. Pls. cont. with progress for a cure one day.
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Comment by: Rochelle D (California) Tue., Jun. 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm EDT
So glad they are getting closer to a cure. So many people have lost there lives from this disease and so many love ones could still be here if we had this many years ago. I hope to see in the near future cures for all diseases. I will be remarkable, and a true blessing for all of them and there families.
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Comment by: E (NC) Wed., Jun. 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm EDT
Wasn't Magic Johnson completely cured?
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Comment by: Olivia ( Wed., Jun. 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm EDT
No. Magic Johnson takes meds and is not cured of HIV.
Comment by: Ron (USA) Tue., Sep. 3, 2013 at 10:53 am EDT
If you believe that Magic Johnson is not cured after reading that crap article Olivia posted then you've been kicked in the head by a mule and you need to go see a doctor!!
Comment by: O (CA) Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:55 am EDT
Ask Magic himself. He's been on treatment since 1995. This is public knowledge

Comment by: D (New York) Sat., May. 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm EDT
I can tell you I started on treatment within 30 days of initial infection about ten years ago(we were able to document exactly when it happened) and stayed on it for nearly a year and a half - successfully controlled. However, after about two months off meds, viral load was fairly high and CD4 started dipping below 500. Things didn't look that great, so about 3 months off meds I went back on and have been on ever since.
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Comment by: Hope (Honolulu, HI) Wed., Sep. 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm EDT
Thank you for sharing. Sorry about your situation and I hope you get better. Hang in there.

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