Timothy Ray Brown has entered scientific journals as the first person ever to have HIV completely eliminated from his body.
“I’m cured of HIV,” Brown says. “I had HIV, but I don’t anymore.”
He was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 and in 2007 scientists and doctors began a bone marrow and stem cell transplant which has resulted in the first apparent cure.
“Brown says being the first man to be cured of HIV makes him very, very happy.
Needless to say, Brown is now being monitored by doctors at San Francisco General Hospital and here at UCSF, where we sought out a medical opinion from one of the most respected AIDS researchers in the world, Dr. Jay Levy, who was one of the co-discoverers of the HIV virus.
“If you’re able to take the white cells from someone and manipulate them so they’re no longer infectable by HIV, and those white cells become the whole immune system of that individual, you’ve got essentially what we call a functional cure,” Dr. Levy says.” [CBS]
That’s quite significant wouldn’t you say?