A patient with the HIV virus , who lives in London, UK, may have been cured of the disease after having a stem cell transplant.
And as the patient did not respond to conventional treatments, doctors recommended that the bone marrow transplant be done, since this procedure is indicated when the patient’s stage is advanced and no longer responds to other treatments or when the cancer recurs.
What drew attention to this case was that doctors found a bone marrow donor with a genetic mutation capable of changing the recipient’s immune system, providing natural protection against the HIV virus.
According to the study, the patient has been without signs of the virus in the body for 18 months and no longer takes the medications he used to use to control HIV infection.
For some scientists, however, this result does not mean that the patient is cured, but that there has been a remission, that is, a phase of the disease in which there are no signs of disease activity.
The first case of HIV remission
A similar episode was already known by the medical field 12 years ago, when another patient, from Berlin, was diagnosed with leukemia and had to undergo chemotherapy.