Scientists report the first possible HIV cure in a woman in New York

Amidst the ongoing developments across the medical fraternity, an American research team has announced the possibility of completely curing HIV in a woman for the first time.

HIV-cure research scientists have faced innumerable failures and successes, and building up on the past, they believe that a large number of people can be treated the similar way annually by making used of cutting edge stem cell transplant techniques.

Apparently, the recovered patient has joined the rate club of people who have been completely cured of HIV by the scientists.

Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that the repeated triumphs in curing HIV provides hope for success.

As per credible reports, the first case of successful HIV-cure received a stem cell transplant through a donor with rare genetic abnormality which provided immune cells the resistance to the HIV virus. The similar strategy has been used to cure HIV in two other patients, but it has been a failure in the treatment of a string of others.

Reportedly, the process of stem cell implant involves replacement of a person’s immune system with the other person’s, treating their cancer while also curing their HIV. However, experts have expressed their concern over the treatment of HIV through stem cell transplant as they consider it to be unethical.

Dr. Yvonne J. Bryson, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine commented that the medical fraternity is thrilled to witness the new HIV cure case, but it is still not a universal method of treatment for everyone suffering from HIV.  

For the record, the procedure involved in the treatment of the New York patient, who has recently recovered, is called haplo-cord transplant, by the Weill Cornell team to diversify cancer treatment options amongst patients with blood malignancies and lacking HLA-identical donors.

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