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November 7, 2008

Bone Marrow Transplant: Potential AIDS Cure?

After undergoing a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia, an AIDS patient may now be cured of the HIV virus, The Wall Street Journal reports.  

For the transplant, Gero Hütter, MD, of the Medical University of Berlin, a hematologist who does not specialize in AIDS, purposely used the bone marrow of a donor who has a naturally occurring genetic mutation that causes his cells to be immune to almost all strains of HIV. Although the patient has ceased taking AIDS medication, the virus has not been detected in his blood, brain or rectal tissue for more than 600 days.

The transplant may be a therapeutic breakthrough that could possibly offer an alternative to antiretrovirals, medication that prevents the virus from replicating but is costly since it must be taken daily for life.

The case was presented to scientists at this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, and in September, the American Foundation for AIDS Research assembled to discuss the case. Most researchers believed that the patient could possibly still have some HIV but that it isn’t enough to cause a raging infection, making him “functionally cured.”

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Margaaret, Harare, 2010-10-01 06:46:51
I desperately wish to have this procedure done . I am 34 years old and desperapte to live, to have a normal productive life. PLease contact me if you can help.

Jerry walker, Los Angeles, 2009-01-28 06:26:29
I so desperately wish that I could have this procedure. I conracted HIV when I was a child, due to molestation and rape. Every night I pray for a cure, but every time we get close to one, something gets in the way. I think all the risks considered should be at the discretion to elect for this "alternative therapy" But unless it's coupled with luekemia then it's not an option.

Tanya, Edgewater, 2009-01-02 17:09:54
I have been Positive my whole life and didn't know until I was five years old. I'm 25 years old and I have been told about so many so called cures I mean I hope it is but I'm not getting my hopes up

alex w, dallas, 2008-12-22 15:10:55
Hey, these types of transplants are not fun... I've been a donor and now I could be potential to be the recipeint. But pain and fatique for a short period of time (compared to your entire life) to cure a terminal illness can be worth it to some individuals...

T.rex, Los Angeles, 2008-12-18 13:22:32
Stem cell research should be used to mass clone the resistant donor's tissue (does it really HAVE to be bone marrow?), and then inject it in poz people.

smart33, HK, 2008-11-25 11:54:35
I am still not sure if the medicin really want to solve the AIDS problem... its good money making... no? And its marketing n PR wise perfectly to come up with some -hope- stories. Dont get me wrong, I am POZ too...and just try to think realistic.. and yes, of course I still hope for it....

have hope, tx, 2008-11-12 22:59:22
since when is dying of AIDS a fun experience? pretty sure there isnt a single person out there that enjoys chemo - but its better than the alternative but all i know is stem cell research should be stopped...what good could come of it?

Davina, TX, 2008-11-12 22:25:12
I think that it sounds promising that one day research can make a way for a mass cure. I have lost two loves ones to AIDS in 1994.

Don, Boca Raton, 2008-11-12 20:46:14
A bone marrow transplant is a brutal procedure for the recipient and no fun for the donor. Recipient has to have chemo and total body radiation and is left in a very weak state. If successful (if it takes by being reseeded) you still have host vs graft to deal with. Finding a willing, matched donor who is aids resistant will be a huge challenge.

SB, NY, 2008-11-12 00:55:14
Bone marrow transplants are not uncommon to people with this virus. I have been diagnosed since 1992 and I have seen many people who were infected undergo them. Although this transplant may be considered to be a therapeutic breakthrough by the author, I strongly caution the readers out there not to get there hopes up. As a person who has been diagnosed for a long period of time, I have seen more then my share of potential cures.

Richard, Piedmont, 2008-11-11 09:26:03
A bone marrow transplant refers to the process of taking sick or diseased bone marrow caused by disease and replacing it with healthy bone marrow, so that the bone marrow transplant recipient has the infection-fighting cells the body needs to stay healthy.

Brett, Boise, 2008-11-09 19:53:21
"Anybody know what bone marrow transplant involves? " Search google. It's not simple or a "fun" experience. Mostly used for Cancer.

Skip, Miami, 2008-11-09 19:51:22
Miracles do happen! This is awesome to even have a hope that we may see a cure in our lifetime! What studies are evolving from this case? Where can I donate time and money? This is definitely something to keep praying about, sending intentions with gratitude to the ones researching this possiblity.

Dennis, Palo Alto, CA, 2008-11-08 13:56:35
Anybody know what bone marrow transplant involves?

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