Scientists successfully cure two people of HIV using stem cell therapy
In a recently published research paper, a team of international scientists has revealed that is has been successful in curing two patients – one from London and the other from Düsseldorf – of HIV using stem cell therapy. They found no rebound of HIV in the two patients who stopped taking their HIV medication after they received stem cell transplants for a hematological [blood] disease.
Professor Ravi Gupta of University College London presented a potential cure of HIV after stem cell transplantation in his ‘London patient’
at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Washington, while Dr. Björn Jensen from Düsseldorf University found his ‘Düsseldorf patient’ has potentially been cured the same way.
Since there are now only these few patients who have undergone the medical procedure, researchers are cautious to call the treatment a “cure” – but the London and Düsseldorf patients show that after a single transplant and with even mild cancer chemotherapy and without radiation, remission may be achieved.