2 stem cell patients stop HIV drugs, no virus seen

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    Jul 03, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    Wow. And very interesting!

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped anti-retroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said Wednesday.

    The Harvard University researchers stressed it was too early to say the men have been cured, but said it was an encouraging sign that the virus hasn't rebounded in their blood months after drug treatment ended.


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    Jul 03, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    You know, it makes complete sense. If the virus attacks the immune system, it's going to be stored where the immune system originates--the bone marrow. If the bone marrow is completely replaced, so would the immune system, right?

    That's my understanding of how this works. Aren't white blood cells made in the bone marrow and the thymus?
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    Jul 03, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    This has happened before. Bone marrow transplants are very risky procedures, and it is a viable cure for most people living with HIV.
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    Jul 04, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    Unfortunately you could be reinfected.
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    Jul 04, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidUnfortunately you could be reinfected.


    Not to mention the procedure of the transplant is painful and long