A 66-year-old man diagnosed with HIV in 1998 is now cured of the virus and cancer after receiving a stem cell transplant related to leukemia, according to an announcement from the international AIDs conference in New York. Montreal, Canada, ABC reported.
Treated at The City of Hope, one of the most prominent research institutions in the United States, this patient is the fourth and oldest patient to go into remission without antiviral therapy. -withdrawal (ART).
The organization reported that the patient received a chemotherapy-based regimen prior to transplantation.
“Reduced-intensity chemotherapy makes transplants more tolerable for older patients and reduces the likelihood of transplant-related complications from the procedure,” the organization said in a release. “.
Jana K. Dickter, clinical associate professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the City of Hope says:
Jana K. Dickter, associate clinical professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the City of Hope.
According to the City of Hope, the patient did not show any signs of HIV replication.
Although doctors say this treatment has been successful, it’s not practical for everyone.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said:
“It’s not realistic to think that this is something that will be widely available,” Fauci said. “It’s like a proof of concept.”
Magic Johnson talks about her HIV diagnosis
Most recent, Magic Johnson Thank you Dr. Fauci for helping him diagnose HIV. In an interview on The View back in April, he said:
First of all, let me thank Dr. Fauci, Dr. Ho; both really help me here. They helped me understand that I had to take my medication, that I had to be comfortable with my new condition, made sure I stayed positive and kept working out, and so I did. Here I am 30 years later.
Roomies, what do you guys think of this?