Doctors at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital have made a major discovery in the fight against HIV.
Doctors performed bone marrow transplants on two HIV-positive men. Eight months later, they could not find any trace of the virus in the men.
The key, doctors say, was that both men were able to stay on anti-retroviral drugs.
“Typically, what happens when people get a bone marrow transplant is that they’re so sick they have to stop their HIV medicines, and so the donor cells that they get immediately become infected with the patient’s virus,” said Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes of Brigham & Women’s Hospital. “In this case, the donor cells were actually protected against becoming HIV infected because the patients were able to stay on their therapy.”
Doctors stress that this is not a cure for HIV, but this discovery could help shape the focus of future research.
Their findings are being presented at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.
A.B. I’m no doctor but I’m pretty sure doing a procedure that leaves no trace of a disease = a cure. How can you even play devil’s advocate here?
Also, how pissed will some people be if AIDS becomes treatable before herpes? Talk about a total momentum shift in the STD universe.