A British patient’s HIV has turned “undetectable” following a stem cell transplant. It is only the second case of its kind, a BBC report said on Tuesday citing doctors report in Nature.
The patient, belonging to London, was being treated for cancer. He has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs, the report said.
According to researchers, it is too early to say the patient is “cured” of HIV.
Experts say the approach is not practical for treating most people with HIV but may one day help find a cure.
The patient was male, diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012.
Researchers from University College London, Imperial College London, Cambridge and Oxford Universities were all involved in the case.
This is the second time a patient treated this way has ended up in remission from HIV.
Ten years ago, another patient in Berlin received a bone-marrow transplant from a donor with natural immunity to the virus.
Timothy Brown, said to be the first person to “beat” HIV/Aids, was given two transplants and total body irradiation (radiotherapy) for leukaemia – a much more aggressive treatment.