Did... we just cure HIV?

jchang212

"On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure."

"While these developments by no means prove a cure for the virus has been found, they can certainly provide hope for the more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide. Alongside such findings, global efforts to combat the epidemic have accelerated as of late, with new initiatives emerging in the Philippines and South Africa this week."

(Full article by the Huffington Post)

Do you think this is just a one-time break through? Or could we actually be onto something here?
Dec 15, 2010 @ 11:14 am


5 Replies

cathy3087

Hmm...

This would be fantastic but I'd be hesitant to get excited yet. The Huffington Post says that the results "strongly suggest" that he was cured, it's not certain quite yet.

But this is still a breakthrough. I don't know much about the science behind it, but any advancements are good news. New leads bring more hope!
Dec 15, 2010 @ 11:45 am
mamaluv

he was being treated for leukemia?

I will take some time to read the study later on because I'm a nerd and that's what I do... but what I'm curious about (which the article does not address) is that this man received the treatment originally for his leukemia.

I wonder:
*Does this mean he was also doing other therapies, and if so, would those therapies be appropriate for an HIV-infected person who does not have other medical issues (kind of like taking prescription-strength cough syrup when you have an infected toenail)?
*Was his leukemia also affected by this therapy? Chew on that one for a sec, because a cure for cancer would arguably be even bigger news than AIDS simply because there are more sufferers world wide.
*What kind of stem cells were being used here? If they are fetal cells, that will make further development controversial; if they are adult or animal stem cells, this could be huge.

This article opens up more questions for me than it answers. I'm very curious to see what will come of all of this!
Dec 15, 2010 @ 12:06 pm
Becky

big news!

This is such big news! I really hope this is IT and finally the fight against AIDS is over.

mamaluv, you are such a nerd! I love your wonder-ings! lol :-)

I hope and pray....that this is what so many thousands if not millions have been waiting for! Let's see what happens...

Now you know what would suck big time? Is if this WAS the cure, but scientists can't develop it because rights-activists are going to come and say that it's against nature / God / fetal cells / animals / etc.
Dec 15, 2010 @ 01:23 pm
jchang212

Yeah

well, activists didn't stop them from continuing stem cell research, so I don't think this can be stopped either :)

@mamaluv, those are some great ponderings! let us know if you find the answers to them :) I really hope they're not using fetal stem cells...
Dec 16, 2010 @ 09:55 am
Ali de Bold

Mamaluv

Agreed. You are a nerd.

Dec 16, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

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