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Huge Relief To HIV/AIDS Patients On The Treatment

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Researchers are getting closer to finding a cure for HIV after an American patient was recently cleared of the virus.

And, even though the development is going to advance science and is key to a cure, Kenyan researchers have said the treatment cannot be applied to the 1.5 million living with the virus in the country

This is the third time a patient has shown remission from HIV.

The first to beat the virus that causes Aids was American Tim othy Brown in 2007, who had leukaemia, after he received a bone-marrow transplant from a donor with natural immunity to the virus.

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Then known as the “Berlin Patient to protect his identity, Brown was given an aggressive treatment that included two transplants and total body irradiation (radiotherapy) for leukaemia, which is the same treatment the third patient, a middle-aged woman, was given.

In 2010, Brown came forward as the Berlin Patient. He died in 2020, a year after the cancer returned.

According to the findings presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections on Tuesday in Denver, Colorado, USA, the patient re ceived bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection.

In 2019, doctors made a second breakthrough with the “London Patient, later revealed to be Mr Adam Castillejo.

He received a bone marrow transplant from a donor and, two years after he stopped taking antiretroviral drugs, highly sensi tive tests showed there was no trace of the virus in his body.

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