Skip to comments.Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Bay Area Man Of AIDS
Posted on 05/17/2011 6:20:20 AM PDT by Red Badger
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene.
Timothy Ray Brown tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but has now entered scientific journals as the first man in world history to have that HIV virus completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a functional cure.
Brown was living in Berlin, Germany back in 2007, dealing with HIV and leukemia, when scientists there gave him a bone marrow stem cell transplant that had astounding results.
I quit taking my HIV medication the day that I got the transplant and havent had to take any since, said Brown, who has been dubbed The Berlin Patient by the medical community.
Browns amazing progress continues to be monitored by doctors at San Francisco General Hospital and at the University of California at San Francisco medical center.
Im cured of HIV. I had HIV but I dont anymore, he said, using words that many in the scientific community are cautiously clinging to.
Scientists said Brown received stem cells from a donor who was immune to HIV. In fact, about one percent of Caucasians are immune to HIV. Some researchers think the immunity gene goes back to the Great Plague: people who survived the plague passed their immunity down and their heirs have it today.
UCSFs Dr. Jay Levy, who co-discovered the HIV virus and is one of the most respected AIDS researchers in the world, said this case opens the door to the field of cure research, which is now gaining more attention.
If youre able to take the white cells from someone and manipulate them so theyre no longer infected, or infectable, no longer infectable by HIV, and those white cells become the whole immune system of that individual, youve got essentially a functional cure, he explained.
UCSFs Dr. Paul Volberding, another pioneering AIDS expert who has studied the disease for all of its 30 years cautioned that while the Berlin Patient is a fascinating story, its not one that can be generalized.
Both doctors stressed that Browns radical procedure may not be applicable to many other people with HIV, because of the difficulty in doing stem cell transplants, and finding the right donor.
You dont want to go out and get a bone marrow transplant because transplants themselves carry a real risk of mortality, Volberding said.
He explained that scientists also still have many unanswered questions involving the success of Browns treatment.
One element of his treatment, and we dont know which, allowed apparently the virus to be purged from his body, he observed. So its going to be an interesting, I think productive area to study.
Volberding continued, Knock on wood, (Brown) hasnt had any recurrence now for several years of the virus, and that hasnt happened before in our experience.
As a result, at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation some are now using the word cure after so many avoided it for decades.
You sort of felt like you couldnt say cure for a number of years. Scientists and clinicians and people with HIV alike felt that was a promise that was never going to be realized and it was dangerous to direct a lot of energy toward it, said Dr. Judy Auerbach. And now things have shifted.
The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine is currently funding stem cell research in the Bay Area based on Browns case in the hopes of replicating his success for broader populations of people with HIV.
The institute said it plans to begin clinical trials next year.
Not to sound flippant, but how long before he contracts another case?
If the article is correct about the effect... never.
My question, too.
But, if he has an ‘immunity’ to the virus from the bone marrow transplant, then it must be able to destroy the virus when it enters the body...........
He may be immune now....who knows?
A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene.
The story is a lie.
Ann Wigmore has cured AIDS I met a man who was cured. BUT the Medical Field will not allow anyone to be a CURED person if they do NOT do it through Traditional medicine that costs Millions of dollars!
This is the Delta-32 mutation, and it also giver the person immunity to the black death.
I think HIV is a retrovirus. If so, a person could have every single one of the viruses in their body be gone and still be infected.
Retroviruses are sneaky suckers. They “splice” their own DNA into your own personal cellular DNA. Then they may or may not croak.
At some point in time, for whatever reason, sometimes your own cells start copying the new DNA and they (re)produce NEW COPIES OF THE VIRUS.
So now all the sudden, you are re-infected.
They already do. It's called "bug hunting" and those perverted freaks in san fran have been doing it for some time.
Wait a minute. How the helk do you know he practiced irresponsible behavior? They said he also had leukemia. He may have contracted the disease through a blood transfusion.
Hooray! The miracles of modern medicine will allow this deviant to pack fudge without a care! The “cure” to this disease is to not put your pecker where it shouldn’t be.
Why? Was his Johnson Magic?............
You’re hearing/reading what you want to. I never said he did or didn’t. However, there are those who do. I was pretty definitive.
That would explain his move to San Francisco. /sarc/
He may have moved to SF because of the interest in his medical case.