Thanks to stem cells, a woman was completely cured of HIV

(ORDO NEWS) — In the US, a woman was completely cured of HIV infection after a stem cell transplant, as well as a cord blood transfusion. Thus, she became the fourth person in the world to beat HIV, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to the newspaper, the woman, who also suffered from leukemia, was transplanted with stem cells from her relative. In addition, she was transfused with cord blood from a newborn, with whom the American was not related.

As specified, the transplanted stem cells had a rare genetic mutation that blocks HIV infection. Doctors said that since the operation in October 2020 and the end of antiretroviral therapy, studies have not revealed any signs of HIV in the woman.

“Everything looks very promising,” the patient’s doctor, Marshall Glesby, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying.

According to doctors, the patient’s disease is now in long-term remission. Thus, this means that the American woman no longer has a virus in her body that can replicate, unlike people with HIV who remain healthy by lowering their viral load with long-term drug treatment.

An American woman became the fourth person in the world who defeated HIV infection. Three other cancer patients also achieved HIV remission with bone marrow stem cell transplantation.

Earlier it became known that a resident of Argentina was cured of HIV without taking therapy.


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