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Man Cured Of HIV?

Submitted by on December 15, 2010 – 5:04 pm3 Comments

Celebs like Alicia Keys have been promoting HIV/AIDS awareness through charities like Keep A Child Alive to ensure we as a people don’t lose traction in the quest to obliterate this disease from the world. She like many hope HIV/AIDS will one day be a distant memory. And if this latest breakthrough proves possible, it will be bigger than the invention of wheels, fire, electricity and penicillin.

According to The Huffington Post:

“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.”

Take a moment to absorb that statement. HIV/AIDS has been an international concern since it reached societal consciousness 30 years ago. While great strides are being made in the understanding of the disease, and drugs have been developed to treat the virus, an actual cure remains elusive.

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.”

Brown’s case paves a path for constructing a permanent cure for HIV through genetically-engineered stem cells.

Last week, Time named another AIDS-related discovery to its list of the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010. Recent studies show that healthy individuals who take antiretrovirals, medicine commonly prescribed for treating HIV, can reduce their risk of contracting the disease by up to 73 percent.

While these developments by no means prove a cure for the virus has been found, they can certainly provide hope for the more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide. Alongside such findings, global efforts to combat the epidemic have accelerated as of late, with new initiatives emerging in the Philippines and South Africa this week.

While President Bush adamantly opposed stem cell research, President Obama, thankfully, feels otherwise and supports the effort. Many of us thought we’d never see diversity in the White House but times have changed. Here’s hoping a cure for this disease is no more elusive than a black president.

For more on HIV/AIDS and how to protect yourself, visit HERE and HERE.

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