AIDS 2016

The Only Cases of HIV Cure or Remission

April 10, 2016


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 small -- but 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 (and for some, continues to be) 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."

More recently, we've also referred to these cases as sustained "HIV remission," whereby individuals can discontinue treatment without either developing HIV-associated morbidities or showing signs of progression to disease, while maintaining a very low viral load.

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

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Comment by: Gary L B (Las Vegas, Nv 89123) Sun., Aug. 21, 2016 at 11:34 pm EDT
I am enlightened by the progress in treating HIV and applaud the selfless hours so many of you have dedicated to we who have it. Thank you! I have been undetectable since 2003 and currently take Triumeq with no side affects. I know you will find a cure soon! God Bless you all!!
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Comment by: Asia (new york) Mon., Aug. 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm EDT
I am in a quandary today people are still getting infected..even since prep has been
Shared.. today people can live peoductive lives which we are doing to much false information is helping the numbers to rise again my issue is that 40 years we have preached Condoms from beginning to end now ever since prep we have started to change the language now we're saying if a person is undetectable it lowers the viability of transmission from person to person greatly yes that I agree with but to get rid of the condom or together I don't care who you are that will always be a chance of you becoming infected especially if you have had other STI in your life so what are we doing today what messages are we putting out there for our younger Generations who received see and hear and we wonder why they are becoming affected X these articles
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Comment by: Marc viti (Chicago, il) Sun., Jul. 31, 2016 at 10:35 pm EDT
What about magic Johnson.. That dude has been alive for 25 years
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Comment by: Nathan McMillen (Modesto, CA) Fri., Jul. 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm EDT
Fact they don't have a cure for HIV makes more sense to abstain from sex and just watch your back.
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Comment by: Brian (Florida ) Thu., Jul. 14, 2016 at 10:01 am EDT
I'm HIV positive and while I am healthy on my meds I can't help but worry and be terrified that one day the virus will take over. My terror is not me, but the fact my parents are so worried that they might lose me it breaks my heart.

Please find a cure soon so that I can help my parents not to worry.
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Comment by: Jacquie (Cypress, Texas) Fri., May. 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm EDT
I got the H.I.V. virus in 2002...I now have aids, however I believe that I may be in some type of remission as my :-)cell count is more than 400 and the viral load is less than 10. The doctors have told me that it is undetectable in my body. I know there is a cure just around the corner and even if there isn't I will never die from aids, because I take my medicine as prescribed and I am healthy, happy and take care of myself. Thank the Lord we have wonderful scientists that strive everyday for a cure, but have made exellent progress at making the medications that are so good that They themselves are very close to being one heck of a cure all rolled up into the fantastic medications available for the disease.
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Comment by: Wonder Who? (Detroit MI) Tue., Apr. 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm EDT
Where is "Magic" Johnsons name here?
He proclaimed 20 years or so ago he had AIDS? And "he's still kick'n"
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Comment by: Kristi (Argyle TX ) Sun., Apr. 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm EDT
If I could I would donate 33 million to the cause! And I know someone who want to volunteer for treatment... I think.
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Comment by: Kathy Hartman (Virginia Beach) Sun., Apr. 17, 2016 at 6:06 pm EDT
My 12 year old son has an extremely rare disease called Neiman Pick Type C disease. He, his father and I are all immune to both Ebola and HIV/AIDS because we are carriers and he has the disease. There is no cure for NPC, but scientists are coming close. They are asking for skin cell samples from NPC patients and carriers to be able to cure Ebola and AIDS. Scientists are getting close to finding a cure for my sons rare disease. Once that's found, they are hoping Ebola and AIDS can also be cured
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Comment by: Hollie Ponthieux (3816 william place) Fri., Apr. 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm EDT
This treatment should be open to all individuals with hiv not just in berlin but all countries and states.we really need to start a nationwide fundraiser to support and supply a cure for hiv.
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Comment by: Anonymous Sat., Apr. 9, 2016 at 10:16 pm EDT
Hope they continue for the cure
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Comment by: carl smith (tus al ,931 creast ridge rd tus al apt5 35404) Sun., Jan. 31, 2016 at 1:50 am EST
i been hiv for 30 year with out med and still doing good
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Comment by: Ed (Florida) Wed., Jan. 20, 2016 at 11:49 am EST
CytoDyn Announces HIV-Patients Approaching 17 Months of Complete Viral Suppression With PRO 140 Monotherapy
Where is this link?
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Comment by: Sarella Johnson (Detroit, Michigan) Thu., Dec. 31, 2015 at 2:20 pm EST
I think we need to think outside the box for cures. Stem cells,bone marrow transplant,bedbugs and leeches. Bed bugs and leeches because we need to check blood filtering,I'm convinced there must be a really unique blood cleaning process..I hope medicine do research on them......just may find some serious cures. Thinking out side the box.
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Comment by: Nyah Contreras (Brooklyn NY) Sun., Dec. 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm EST
I hope there's is a cure for aids soon
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Comment by: Justan A. (Calif.) Thu., Dec. 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm EST
I was infected in April 1985. I tested positive in July 1986 and was informed of it on my 31st birthday.30 plus years later I am still here. The reason why some die and some don't is one basic thing.The number of times you were infected. The more times a person receives the virus the more difficult it is to fight it. Each virus genetically is different to the other.I was according to a microbiologist who look at my strain "barely" infected with a weak form.He actually told me my strain was entirely different than any they had seen recently. So how did I become infected and know exactly when? I was one of four senior active duty Navy Sailors(one a woman) who was cross infected during dental procedures in the same military dental facility sharing the same contaminated drill for filling cavity procedures..I served another 8 years honorably until that total piece of worthless ***t Bill Clinton found out I was still serving and had me medically retired. I was medically retired with 100% disability 21 years ago. I take four pills twice daily and it would cost $40,000 a year but it is entirely free from the V.A.
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Comment by: Jane Doe (Nashville, Tennessee) Sat., Dec. 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm EST
Your statement about the number of times affecting your body's response is totally bogus, and utterly ridiculous!! You almost came off as highly intelligent, but didn't.
Comment by: James (Denver) Tue., Jun. 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm EDT
Yeah, I have to agree. T cells and Memory T cells work to recognize pathogens when they enter the body. HIV replicates itself inside the cell, then caused destruction of the cell. If you've got the virus, you've got the virus. Just like herpes, once you have it, you have it. You might be able to reproduce T cells through therapy (especially stem cell) but re infection? And 100% coverage through the VA? I am a veteran, and I kinda doubt the VA will cover that. The VA has a hard time wrapping a broken arm.
Comment by: Angela Wain (Boston Massachusetts ) Fri., Jul. 1, 2016 at 4:22 am EDT
The same virus will replicate but there are many different strains. So yes a person can be infected with different strains. You're either infected or your not, if your strain is a strain that has proven to have an affective medication you can go into remission. There are new strains that are becoming extremely hard to treat, so if you're infected don't think you can't become infected by another strain. He was infected in the military they are going to say what they can to make light of the situation. What he understands to be barely infected is he was probably diagnosed and treated with an effective medication quickly, so the virus is not very active. If you have a strain that responds well to medications there may be a point that you can have children with transmission of the virus to your spouse or child being very low. Infected mother's are told to abstain from breastfeeding, their babies are also delivered via c section in most cases. It seems silly considering the child has been developing in an infected mother for 9 months but I guess drs want to avoid any transmission to the child that they can control. If you get a new strain that has no effective medication available you can die very quickly. Keep in mind drs don't usually test for hiv unless it is requested, in the process of a rape kit, or to enter the military. Donated blood is also tested, I am honestly not sure how that process works or if the donor is notified if their blood is found to be infected. Often times by the time people are aware they have it, it has become full blown aids. There was a rap artist with an aggressive strain who died within a month of diagnosis, he went to the dr for a cold and was dead I believe 2 weeks later. I am not a dr anatomy and physiology fascinate me and I enjoyed them a lot in college. I also learned about STDS and communicable diseases before starting clinicals. HIV is a lot like the flu in that it is always evolving into new strains medications don't always keepup.

Comment by: Z (Iowa) Mon., Dec. 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm EST
Money money money is all it takes. If you can afford the treatments you'll live
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Comment by: Angela Wain (Boston,Massachusetts ) Fri., Jul. 1, 2016 at 4:29 am EDT
That is true in a sense, but not completely accurate. If you do not have insurance and cannot afford medication than yes you will die unless you find a program to help you. No matter how rich or poor you are if you a strain that does respond to medications you have the same fate. Money cannot by something that doesn't exist. There are truly some things money cannot buy.

Comment by: tiffany (sarasota fla.) Wed., Dec. 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm EST
If infact this is or could be a cure is everybody who's hiv positive are gonna receive treatment
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Comment by: Anonymous (Ind. Indiana ) Sun., Nov. 29, 2015 at 2:27 pm EST
What about the little girl who's cancer was not curable? They decided to let the Drs experiment and introduce the HIV into her systum. The HIV curred the cancer completely. She's also showing no signs or symptoms of HIV. There has to be a connection there somewhere!!! This was almost 2 years ago, what have we learned since?
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Comment by: James (Denver) Tue., Jun. 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm EDT
HIV attacks T cells, which are leukocytes (WBC's). To introduce HIV into a HIV free zone would be preposterous, disable the freedom fighters? IT doesn't add up.

Comment by: Vincent (Scarsdale, NY) Thu., Nov. 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm EST
D.R.A.C.O. Is a new drug being developed that is not a vaccine. It locates and kills viruses (including HIV). The research on this drug is showing positive results.
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Comment by: Jim (San Francisco) Thu., Nov. 19, 2015 at 7:12 pm EST
in the case of the Argentinian woman, my bet is that she tools one drug or perhaps some natural substance that unwittingly activated the dormant HIV in the reservoirs, and that is why the conventional treatment cleared the virus. More work needs to be done to study what she ate and drank, and any other meds she took at the time.
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Comment by: Anonymous Tue., Nov. 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm EST
My husband was given a death sentence in 1993, he lived a very reckless life using drugs, drinking excessively, and seemingly trying to speed up his sentence with no care for his family or friends, drugs had him like hiv had him, here we are 23 years later, he is now on alot of prescribed narcotics, and alcohol, but he is in better condition than most men his age without hiv, I've often wondered if it was all a story, but I know for sure that the diagnosis of HIV ruined my husband's life, the disease never took him down, but knowing he had it made him live like tomorrow don't exist.
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Comment by: Erick (Charlotte nc) Wed., Nov. 11, 2015 at 2:27 am EST
I read something, they made things they invented it tricks the virus to thinking it's a host it attaches then explode can ya look that up I saw the video on here
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Comment by: I Care (West Virginia ) Sat., Nov. 21, 2015 at 7:20 am EST
Yes. There was something on the world news. I can't remember what it is called but they inject into the cells and what ever it is; attacks the virus. Thus eliminating it. Sorry I can't remember what they used.

Comment by: Anonymous Sun., Nov. 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm EST
What about Cytodyne?do they have a cure?or just a way of keeping the disease cells from spreading to the healthy cells
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Comment by: Dawn Litchfrd (Manchester tennessee) Mon., Oct. 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm EDT
I've had hiv for more than 20yrs. I am certain the reason I'm not sick with AIDS is because I smoke Marijuana every day.
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Comment by: Steve Hansome (San Diego) Wed., Jul. 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm EDT
I sure hope so! Tested positive this year but my doctor said I don't need meds. I am going with the daily weed consumption!!!

Comment by: KEISHA (Palm coast, fl) Sun., Oct. 11, 2015 at 9:27 am EDT
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Comment by: Michael Louella, defeatHIV CAB Coordinator (Seattle, WA) Thu., Oct. 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm EDT
Thank you for this summary of the attempts to cure HIV in real people, which misses this summer's report of the 12 year remission in a young woman in France.

My concern focuses on the headline selected, which suggests that there is more than one person considered cure of HIV.

While the text in each slide explains that most of these attempts have not been cures, but rather sustained or limited remission off medicine; the headline alone misleads the reader.

To call the Boston patients or the Mississppi Baby 'cured' clouds any understanding we who are concerned with the ethics around curing HIV struggle with.

How we talk about the control of HIV without meds or the longed-for cure of HIV is of paramount importance to help everyone best navigate the flux of hope and hype of this very real scientific endeavor to control or cure this virus.

If we don't demand appropriate headlines for such pieces, all we will do is further strengthen the confusion already rampant in the general population that a cure already exists, or is right around the corner. Such misunderstanding is the kind of thing that allows people to think HIV is no longer a problem.

The people you highlight here have not been cured of HIV. To say so is wrong. Just ask one of the Boston patients if they've been cured....

They have been participants in the cure-related HIV research to date, and they should be celebrated and thanked for their contributions to science.

Some of them experienced remissions for a limited time; some continue to have a sustained remission; some have died. In all of these cases HIV is present in the body, but controlled without daily meds--which is not a cure to most people.

But my understanding so far is that there is only one person considered cured of HIV (meaning replicating virus no longer in his body): Timothy Ray Brown.

An accurate headline might not be as sensational or sexy, but could you please change this incorrect one?
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Comment by: barnyard (ohio) Thu., Oct. 8, 2015 at 10:14 am EDT
what if a person started prep or another drug before he was hiv+ could it help from getting Hiv or aids?
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Comment by: Eric Yetter (San Jose, CA) Sun., Oct. 4, 2015 at 2:26 am EDT
Let's get something straight, AIDS cannot be cured because it's not a disease!! It's a condition. A number (t-cells 200)!! If you're below that number you have AIDS! If you're above you don't!!
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Comment by: James (Denver) Tue., Jun. 14, 2016 at 8:50 pm EDT
HIV is a virus, like Herpes. AIDS is the term for the condition of having low T cells. That is correct. You can be rid of the virus, which means you are cured of the disease, but I don't think this is the the place to correct just terms. Great job though.

Comment by: theresa (Bronx ny) Fri., Oct. 2, 2015 at 12:13 am EDT
God bless all who can get a cure to hiv and aids 4 a beautiful life up ahead.Amen
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Comment by: bob Thu., Oct. 1, 2015 at 5:41 am EDT
It would be nice if the "Next" button came after the text.

Even better, why not just put the article on one page instead of breaking it up into a dozen litle page-lettes?
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Comment by: Shardae (Monroe, La) Thu., Sep. 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm EDT
I feel like yall have the cure but dont want to cure anyone who is poor and without money & that's pretty fucked up...
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Comment by: Nych Rien (Harrisburg, PA) Thu., Oct. 22, 2015 at 10:18 pm EDT
That is a really dumb statement. Use some logic. When they want to cure just rich people or make more money, they just make the cure cost hundreds of thousands a month. It already happens every day. They are trying to change the law but right now they can charge WHATEVER THEY WANT for a drug, even if charging a lot means thousands of poor people die. In fact they already do that alot. Many drugs cost pennies to make and they charge $10,000 a month or even way more, and let people who cant afford it just die. Like i said, they can charge WHATEVER THEY WANT, since there is no law against it.

If they had a cure for AIDS it would be stupid to keep it secret. They at least want the rich to know about it. If they had a cure and wanted only the rich to have it, they would just make it cost millions,then they could make all the money they wanted and noone could stop them.

MOST IMPORTANTLY THOUGH, it would be dumb to make it so much that only the VERY richest could buy it. One hundred patients times a $1,000,000 isnt as good a profit as 10,000 patients times $20,000. Drug companies DO NOT want to deliberately kill poor people if they can instead make the drug BARELY affordable and squeeze their life savings out of them. See, this is what people are all TOO FUVCING STUPID to get. Corporations and billionaires DO NOT HATE POOR PEOPLE. they just DO NOT CARE about them AT ALL. If a company can get rich by helping the poor they will, and if they can get rich by torturing and killing the poor they will.

I get sick of all these conspiracy theories. Corporations DO do all kinds of underhanded and evil things, but when some nut accuses them of doing something that doesnt even make sense or can be proven false, it makes the people who expose the REAL corruption of companies look like idiots.

Conspiracy nuts just HELP the evil corporations, by lumping the brave people who expose corruption in with the people who cant use logic and just make up stories.

Comment by: Christian Herlihy (nomad, everywhere) Wed., Aug. 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm EDT
Perhaps some of Russell Wilson's, recovery water will be the key.
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Comment by: Laya (Orlando, Fl) Wed., Aug. 26, 2015 at 3:12 pm EDT
I wish I knew about this before my Mother passed In 07...I hope it can save the lives of many others..
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Comment by: Jackie Sat., Oct. 3, 2015 at 11:07 pm EDT
my condolences to you for your mother. It's hard to lose a mother. I lost mine on Christmas last year though not from aids but still a mothers love is like no others. My prayers are with you.

Comment by: Elon Rood (San Francisco) Wed., Aug. 26, 2015 at 5:16 am EDT
In doubt we care about each other too much to let HIV/AIDS die. We can try today.
Let's let go.
Elon Rood
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Comment by: S.b. (detroit mi. 48224) Wed., Jul. 29, 2015 at 12:24 am EDT
The man that has cure 86 people, i belive hime.why can,t we take closer look at his finding about his cure.

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Comment by: Ernest bradley (detroit mi. 48224) Wed., Jul. 29, 2015 at 12:07 am EDT
I believe hime big companys dont want a cure found.
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Comment by: Anonymous Mon., Jul. 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm EDT
Its a shame that this isn't talked about more, and instead we are forced to hear about sex changes and rappers going to jail.
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Comment by: sherry (rochester pa) Sat., Jul. 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm EDT
Had sex with a man with aids for years and never became hiv positive 25 years later
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Comment by: Jackie (Bronx, New York ) Sat., Oct. 3, 2015 at 11:22 pm EDT
you are very lucky. I also know someone who's HIV+ and is in a relationship for 20 something years and her partner has never contracted the virus and she's had 2 beautiful babies who are also negative. I've done some research and I've found out that even though a person can be having unprotected sex with a partner who is hiv+ and doesn't context the disease is considered to be asymptomatic which basically means they have the antibodies but show negative. Basically what I'm trying to say is that the person will show no signs of being Hiv+ but can still be a carrier. They can go have sex with someone else and pass the disease to that person. It's basically like being a carrier of the disease. My prayers are with you dear.

Comment by: ivonn diaz (tampa fl.) Thu., Jul. 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm EDT
I have been sith HIV from 2005 and still take meds but am undetectible what else should be done for me to be totaly cure from it that i dont have to taik any longer meds ...even doughti now im ok i have lived with it for years 10 to be exact..
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Comment by: annonoymous (united States of America ) Sat., Jul. 4, 2015 at 9:57 pm EDT
You just came out a week or 2 ago and said North Korea claims to have a cure for aids no where probably not on speaking terms with them but isn't money the universal language or at least a common ground if they have found a cure why is it so hard for us to. Did anyone think of exchanging notes or going over their research and check it against your own to see where they went right or where you failed to look.
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Comment by: Sam (Texas) Wed., Nov. 25, 2015 at 11:31 pm EST
Do some research on North Korea before you assume they are being truthful about their "cure"

Comment by: tonya (Brooklyn ) Mon., Jun. 8, 2015 at 12:13 am EDT
Been Pos 25+years and why would they give anyone the cure when they can keep feed us meds that just suppress the virus. They want to make the drugs cheaper so they can lower the cost of drugs. I like in the highest cost of living state but we have a better medical help her then other states.I hope I can be here still if there a cure but am not sure if there will be one.
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Comment by: mjm (waianae hawaii) Sat., May. 30, 2015 at 10:19 am EDT
what a breakthrough.... this is only the beginning ....soon there will be a 100% cure.i wished my brother had a chance...he past away in 2003. thank you to the many scientists who works very hard to find a cure.praying for miracle baby.
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Comment by: Jody (Santa Rosa, CA) Fri., May. 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm EDT
i was diagnosed in 2004. My T-Cells were actually 17, I had never felt better. I had just got out of rehab. The only effect I have felt was from the meds, or I wouldn't be able to tell I'm positive. I did have to go off my meds and my T-Cells dropped quickly. Right now my T-cells waver at about 1,000.
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Comment by: Filleul Pour La Vie (New Orleans) Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm EDT
Loved the article! As I read, it lifted me out of depression and gave me hope and a new mission.
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Comment by: Brooke (Harrisburg, PA) Tue., May. 26, 2015 at 7:43 pm EDT
What about the Penn State study? HIV positive individuals were given one treatment of modified T-cells. 10 years later they remained HIV free and never developed AIDS.
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Comment by: derrick smoth (kentucky ) Fri., May. 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm EDT
Why no mention of Magic Johnson? He has HIV. And contracted it in 1990. Yet today claims to be disease free & healthier than ever.
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Comment by: Kevin (Chicago) Wed., Jul. 22, 2015 at 6:12 am EDT
Magic Johnson makes no claim to be disease free. He, like I do, takes his meds, which control the virus. I contracted HIV in 1991 and am healthy and happy.
Comment by: Bauniculla (Los Angeles) Sat., Sep. 19, 2015 at 1:12 am EDT
Magic Johnson NEVER had AIDS or HIV. That was a propaganda plan to raise awareness of the disease. Nobody wanted to listen to Elton John or a 13 year old hemophiliac boy. When AIDS/HIV was running rampant, they needed someone famous to take a hit for the disease. You can't cure what you don't have.

Comment by: lisa g. (Tampa,fl) Mon., May. 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm EDT
Been living with out going pin28yrs.back when for sure we were going to die.after10-12 yrs,i was like wow i might just actually survive this disease.took a long while to get there,but i nearly everyone i ran with had passed away long ago,it decimated an entire generation in my numbers have only been above two hundred maybe 3 times.i don't put to much thought as to the #'s.more to how i have felt.asymptomatic for over20.had pcp a couple times,been real real sick one other time.end of life hospice(the Kevorkian way)and yet I'm still here.i refuse to let it rule my world.i believe for me,it's why i am still here.also i think i have a certain strain that doesn't seem to kill me.i am happily a long term survivor,with no intentions of going anywhere..
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Comment by: Bob (Kelseyville, ca) Sun., May. 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm EDT
What about Magic Johnson..?? He is the onlu survivor i ever knew of but wasn't mentioned once... is he dead.??
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Comment by: J (USA) Tue., Jul. 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm EDT
No he is not dead.

Comment by: Diane (California) Wed., May. 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm EDT
what about all those poor people that cannot afford stem cell transplant
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Comment by: Clyde Conner (Albuquerque, NM) Wed., May. 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm EDT
"Magic" Johnson reportedly had HIV 20 years ago.. He looks pretty darn healthy now. Interesting what money can buy....i firmly believe that the US medical society has cures for HIV, cancer, etc available to those that have the green.
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Comment by: Megan (Milwaukee, WI) Sun., Aug. 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm EDT
Yet they're have been plenty of celebrities and people with money who've does from cancer and other diseases.

Comment by: Esther Porch (Gilbert AZ) Sat., May. 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm EDT
I am HIV positive since 2005, i was undetectable since then and remain undetectable now. I have never been sick, I am doing great. I take my medications every morning daily even though my mind tells me I am not sick but the laboratory results are real. How can I become "functionally cured".
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Comment by: Karl (Washington, DC) Tue., Apr. 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm EDT
What about Magic Johnson?
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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: 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: Mark (Chicago) Sun., Dec. 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm EST
The key is stem cells...babies & young kids have lots of the
at their disposal. We have cures for everything...just ask the Drs who caught Ebola ; )

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: Roland (Warwick, Rhode Island ) Tue., May. 12, 2015 at 10:25 pm EDT
Many have survived there talking about actual cures u should read article again slowly

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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