HIV

Two HIV-Positive Patients Show No Sign of the Virus After Bone Marrow Transplants

Research stress the results are encouraging but it is too soon to say whether the men have been cured

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped anti-retroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said Wednesday.

The Harvard University researchers stressed it was too early to say the men have been cured, but said it was an encouraging sign that the virus hasn't rebounded in their blood months after drug treatment ended.

The first person reported to be cured of HIV, American Timothy Ray Brown, underwent a stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat his leukemia. He was reported by his German doctors to have been cured of HIV two years later.

H/T Matthew Fennelly