By PATRICK McGROARTY, Associated Press Writer - Thu Nov 13, 1:01 AM PST
BERLIN - An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said.
While researchers — and the doctors themselves — caution that the case might be no more than a fluke, others say it may inspire a greater interest in gene therapy to fight the disease that claims 2 million lives each year. The virus has infected 33 million people worldwide.
Dr. Gero Huetter said Wedneday his 42-year-old patient, an American living in Berlin who was not identified, had been infected with the AIDS virus for more than a decade. But 20 months after undergoing a transplant of genetically selected bone marrow, he no longer shows signs of carrying the virus.
"We waited every day for a bad reading," Huetter said.
It has not come. Researchers at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school say tests on his bone marrow, blood and other organ tissues have all been clean.
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What a great story and hopefully this will help researchers to find a cure for AIDS. I think this could be the breakthrough they have been looking for and potentially save millions of lives effected by this disease. I have been following the AIDS epidemic since middle school. I have lots of old stories that I clipped from newspapers and printed from the internet. I know everyone seems to think AIDS is a disease that only effects homosexuals but it is not a discriminatory disease and effects heterosexuals as well as children and everyone inbetween. It can be managed if you have the correct medicine (which doesn't always work for some) but there are countries who are being ravaged by this deadly disease because they cannot get the medicine or nutrition they so desperately need.
Just thought I would share....