Doctors have announced a possible second in the history of HIV treatment
The British doctors found no trace of HIV in a patient after bone marrow transplantation and a course of therapy. This is the second time in history, writes The Guardian.
The man who asked doctors not to reveal his identity was infected by HIV in 2003 and 2012 was also diagnosed with a type of cancer of the blood – Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 2016, for the treatment of cancer, doctors decided to transplant bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare CCR5 genetic mutation that is resistant to HIV.
Three years after transplantation and a year and a half later, the patient stopped taking antiretroviral drugs, the tests did not show HIV in the human body. However, one of his doctors, a professor, an HIV specialist, Ravindra Gupta, warned that it was too early to talk about a full recovery, it is still a matter of remission.
The Guardian notes that, according to most experts, this method of treatment is unthinkable for all patients. The transplant procedure is expensive and risky, and this mutation is in the "small" number of people.