July/August #146 : Stem Cell Surprise - by Laura Whitehorn

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Torch Song

Service Interruption

AIDS on the Border




Staying Put?

Bad Combos ...and the Women Who Take Them

Move It, Doc!

Stem Cell Surprise

At the Drugstore: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Adherence Tip: It's In the Bag

When to Treat

Tai Chi for T Cells

So Long, Salmonella

Field of Genes

PI Solo Act

Sound Like a Plan?




That's Hot!

Death on the Nile

Operation Iraqi Stigma

Starter Wives

Pos or Not?

Surf's Up!

Postcard From the Edge

HIV Info, Str8 2 UR Fone

Hot Dates-July/August 2008

In or Out?

Mile-High Hopes




Editor's Letter-July/August 2008

Mailbox-July/August 2008

GMHC Treatment Issues-July/August 2008



 
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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July / August 2008


Stem Cell Surprise

by Laura Whitehorn

In Germany, an HIV-positive man with leukemia needed a stem cell transplant—a treatment for some severe systemic cancers. His doctors wondered whether using stem cells from someone with resistance to HIV (people with two copies of a variant of the CCR5 gene produce HIV-resistant CD4 cells) might make the 40-year-old man HIV-free.

Not only did the transplant work—the stem cells took root, replacing the man’s immune cells—but his HIV went undetectable. More than a year later, it still doesn’t register in his system (in his tissue or blood). The experiment involved only one person, and stem cell transplants are highly toxic and costly (and require lifelong protective drugs). But it may suggest a new approach to an old hope: a cure. (Read more: “Transplanting Hope” on poz.com.)

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