Can it be true? Has a cure for HIV infection been found?
On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.
Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved."
Can you imagine a world where HIV drugs aren't needed any longer? So many people have to swallow dozens of pills each day just to stay alive. It almost seems like a daydream, doesn't it?
One of the most beautiful and touching posts we've run on Bilerico was an open thread asking if Projectors knew someone who died of AIDS. The comment thread will bring you to tears. Wouldn't it be absolutely fantastic to put it on the rubbish heap of history and never have to ask the question again?
What do you think? Will this lead to a cure? The scientists seem rather confident if they're publishing the claim in a medical journal.