The “ City of Hope
is the fifth in the world to be considered cured of HIV.
The 66-year-old man contracted the virus during the outbreak in 1988, making him the oldest to enter remission.
I never imagined I would live long enough to be HIV
-free," he said in a statement from the California hospital where he was treated.
His remission was announced at the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal on July 27.
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Like his other four predecessors, the patient was suffering from a dangerous terminal cancer.
He received a rare bone marrow transplant for his leukemia: the donor had a genetic mutation called CCR5, making the immune system resistant to the main components of HIV.
Two years after his transplant in 2019, the man stops taking his medication and the virus becomes undetectable in his body.
Despite everything, “
we are not exactly talking about healing…
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