Friday 27 April 2018

I'm cured, says ex-AIDS patient

Timothy Ray Brown, the first person to be cured of AIDS, speaks to the media for the first time at a conference in Washington yesterday.
Timothy Ray Brown, the first person to be cured of AIDS, speaks to the media for the first time at a conference in Washington yesterday.

The first person believed to have been cured of AIDS said last night that reports he still had the HIV virus were false.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the 'Berlin patient', told an AIDS conference in Washington that doctors have reassured him he's "cured of AIDS and will remain cured".

Mr Brown had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia, using a donor with a rare gene mutation that provides natural resistance to HIV. Doctors declared him cured soon after.

But researchers in California recently found traces of HIV in his tissues. Mr Brown said any remnants of the virus still in his body are dead and can't replicate.

He addressed the media for the first time yesterday, appearing frail but energetic.

Irish Independent

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