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Has someone been cured of HIV?

Has someone been cured of HIV?

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Has someone been cured of HIV?

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  1. Has someone been cured of HIV?

  2. Some background on HIV • Causes AIDS • Mutates rapidly • Infects T cells of the immune system • Lysogenic (can hide inside cells for a while)

  3. The patient… • Germany • AIDS patient • Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia

  4. The treatment… • Chemotherapy killed off patient’s stem cells • Stem Cell Transplant • Stem Cells Transplanted were missing a receptor that is usually used by HIV to infect cells

  5. What happened? T cell HIV

  6. Is this a cure? • This occurred in 2007 • As of now, patient has no signs of HIV infection, even after T cells repopulated body • Treatment was extremely dangerous, may not be practical