The world's first woman recovered from HIV after being treated with stem cells

The world's first woman recovered from HIV after being treated with stem cells

Yesterday, scientists announced the recovery of the first American patient, who is the first woman in the world, from HIV, and she is the third person to recover from the disease.

The patient has leukemia, is middle-aged and comes from more than one ethnicity. Cord blood has been used for the first time, a new treatment method that may make treatment available to a larger number of patients

The patient's case was presented during a medical conference in Denver, Colorado, US, on Tuesday, the first time this method has been known to be used as a functional HIV treatment.

Since receiving cord blood for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that begins in the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, the woman's AIDS symptoms had subsided and she was cleared of the virus within 14 months, without the need for strong HIV treatments known as therapies. Anti-retroviral

However, experts say the transplant method used, which includes cord blood, is too risky and not suitable for most people with HIV.


The two previous cases of recovery occurred among males, one white and the other Latino, after receiving adult stem cells, a method more commonly used in bone marrow transplants.

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This is the third announcement that a case has been cured using this method, and the first for a woman with HIV, Sharon Lewin, president-elect of the International AIDS Society, said in a statement.

The case was part of a larger US-backed study led by Dr Yvonne Bryson of UCLA and Dr Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The study aims to follow up 25 HIV-positive patients who underwent a transplant of stem cells from umbilical cord blood to treat cancer and other serious conditions.

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