Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rare Treatment Is Reported to Cure AIDS Patient

From the New York Times:
Doctors in Berlin are reporting that they cured a man of AIDS by giving him transplanted blood stem cells from a person naturally resistant to the virus.

But while the case has novel medical implications, experts say it will be of little immediate use in treating AIDS. Top American researchers called the treatment unthinkable for the millions infected in Africa and impractical even for insured patients in top research hospitals.

“It’s very nice, and it’s not even surprising,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “But it’s just off the table of practicality.”

The patient, a 42-year-old American resident in Germany, also has leukemia, which justified the high risk of a stem-cell transplant. Such transplants require wiping out a patient’s immune system, including bone marrow, with radiation and drugs; 10 to 30 percent of those getting them die.

“Frankly, I’d rather take the medicine,” said Dr. Robert C. Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, referring to antiretroviral drugs. ..more


Anonymous said...

So did we reach a significant breakthrough and the cure for AIDS will be created in about a year; or this is only the beginning of a long process and the whole world will have to wait a great while for the AIDS cure? Vote here:

Unknown said...

Ya, its very happy to see here that there is a treatment for AIDS and surprisingly its very simple,that is blood stem transplatation of a virus uneffected person. Its good to every one.
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