Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Berlin patient - Only person who has been cured of HIV

Timothy Brown was diagnosed with HIV while living in Berlin in 1995, and was treated with anti-retroviral drugs for more than ten years. In 2007 he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. When the disease did not respond to chemotherapy, Brown underwent stem cell transplantation, which involves treatment with cytotoxic drugs and whole-body irradiation to destroy leukemic and immune cells, followed by administration of donor stem cells to restore the immune system. When his leukemia relapsed, Brown was subjected to a second stem cell transplant.

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The Berlin patient

Source: Virology Blog
Image credits: Toby Burditt

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