Considerable caution urged in reading in to this, but a man has apparently been cured of AIDS with a bone marrow transplant.
BERLIN – An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said.
While researchers — and the doctors themselves — caution that the case might be no more than a fluke, others say it may inspire a greater interest in gene therapy to fight the disease that claims 2 million lives each year. The virus has infected 33 million people worldwide.
It’s a pretty complicated procedure which requires a bone marrow transplant from someone with a rare HIV resistant genetic mutation, and it could be fairly dangerous to boot. And it could be a total fluke, but perhaps very encouraging.