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

May 7, 2013


The Minnesota Pre-Teen

The Wisconsin Pre-Teen

In April 2013, news arrived about a 12-year-old boy in Minnesota who had received a stem cell transplant using HIV-resistant donor cells to treat his HIV and leukemia.

Sound familiar? It should. It's the same procedure Timothy Ray Brown underwent, with one key difference: Instead of using bone marrow, the doctors used umbilical cord blood, which is easier to find a donor match for.

The procedure went well, in that the transplant operation itself was completed without complications. Now all we can do is sit tight and wait for word on whether the boy's HIV and leukemia have been functionally cured in the same manner as Brown's was.

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