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U.S. team: Woman may have been cured of HIV
2022-02-15

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A U.S. research team reported that it has possibly cured HIV in a woman for the first time, NBC News reported.

These scientists used a cutting-edge stem cell transplant method that they expect will expand the pool of people who could receive similar treatment to several dozen annually.

Carl Dieffenbach—director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of multiple divisions of the National Institutes of Health that funds the research network behind the new case study—told NBC News that the accumulation of repeated apparent triumphs in curing HIV "continues to provide hope."

Their patient stepped into a rarified club that includes three men whom scientists have cured, or very likely cured, of HIV. Researchers also know of two women whose own immune systems have seemingly eliminated the virus.

In the first case of what was ultimately deemed a successful HIV cure, investigators treated the American Timothy Ray Brown for acute myeloid leukemia. The strategy in Brown's case, which was first made public in 2008, has since apparently cured HIV in two other people. However, it has also failed with others.


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