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Two Men Cured of HIV by Bone Marrow Transplants

Recent developments on a cure for AIDS have been sparking hopes. Two men were cured of the disease by means of bone marrow transplants. The HIV virus failed to show up anywhere in their physiology after the transplants.

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Two Men Cured of HIV by Bone Marrow Transplants

Two Men Cured of HIV by Bone Marrow Transplants

The research on the AIDS virus has recently yielded some miracles of medical healing. Two men, one of whom became infected by the lethal virus in the 80s, were given a treatment that surprisingly worked. They were given bone marrow replacement therapy and it proved to be the end of the virus from their physical systems. The procedure took place at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Centre in Boston, Massachusetts. The HIV virus slowly but steadily began to decrease until the detection tests showed nil presence of the virus. Both men have curtailed the strong anti-viral drugs they were taking for the disease which has claimed so many lives.

According to The Guardian, they are free of AIDS. That is at least for now. How the future turns out for them is an unsure bet. They are still under surveillance since the virus may return from its dormant state anytime. However, the signs are favorable and a cure may lie in the times which are yet to come. The research papers were read out at a conference in Kuala Lumpur a few days back. This is not the first time bone marrow transplants have been used to treat AIDS patients. Three years ago a patient went through the same thing in Germany. Timothy Brown, the name of the patient, has also lived to tell his tale. The scarcity of donors however makes the procedure impractical for now.

While a cure may still be far off, one thing is for sure. We have definitely come close. And the fact of the matter may be that we are getting closer to a panacea for AIDS. The fact that several months have passed since the two men were tested negative for the virus is proof that there is something to the method. The goal is not only to defend victims against the virus but to wipe it off the face of the planet. Now that would be a worthy goal indeed. The fact that the two men may still have vestiges of the virus floating around in their nervous systems or GI tracts cannot be struck off the list just now. The excitement should be tempered with a guarded and realistic approach. The hunt for a cure continues unabated. An AIDS vaccine may still be in the pipeline.

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