Long-term remission in HIV: a second case has been recorded

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — While mankind has not yet been very successfully trying to cope with the HIV epidemic , until recently doctors only knew about one case of prolonged remission.

It was recorded in 2007. HIV-infected American Timothy Ray Brown, also known as a Berlin patient, underwent a hematopoietic stem cell transplant procedure for treating leukemia. As a donor, a patient was selected that carries a mutation in the CCR5 gene that encodes the HIV-1 co-receptor.

A few years after transplantation, although Brown did not take antiretroviral drugs, HIV was not detected in his blood.

Brown was called the first (and only) person to be cured of HIV, but scientists note that it is incorrect to speak of a cure. That is why in the scientific literature talk about long-term remission.

Brown’s case was considered unique, but the other day, doctors encountered a second patient, who also entered a long-term remission in HIV.

They became a resident of the UK, whose name is not called. In the treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he also underwent stem cell transplantation, which further led to the fact that, against the background of the cancellation of antiretroviral therapy, the level of virus in the blood became undetectable. Already 18 months have passed and the remission continues.

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