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London Patient: Second Person 'Cured' of HIV

Timothy Ray Brown, also referred to as the Berlin Patient in 2008, became the first known person to be cured of HIV/AIDS.  The procedure w...

Timothy Ray Brown, also referred to as the Berlin Patient in 2008, became the first known person to be cured of HIV/AIDS. 

The procedure was announced at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

“I didn’t want to be the only person cured. I wanted to do what I could to make [a cure] possible. My first step was releasing my name and image to the public” he said then.

Eleven years later, nearly on the same date, at the same conference, it was announced that it appeared that a second man had been cured; he was called the "London Patient." 

He also received a bone marrow transplant to treat a cancer (Hodgkin's lymphoma) but was given weaker immunosuppressive drugs. 

Such transplants are dangerous and have failed in other patients. They're also impractical to try to cure the millions already infected.
Timothy Brown 

The latest case "shows the cure of Timothy Brown was not a one-off and can be recreated", said Dr Keith Jerome of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He added that it could lead to a simpler approach that could be used more widely.

The patient has not been identified. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and started taking drugs to control the infection in 2012. He developed Hodgkin's lymphoma that year and agreed to a stem cell transplant to treat the cancer in 2016.

His doctors believed that with the right kind of donor the London patient might not only have his cancer cured, but possibly even his HIV infection.

Doctors found a donor with a gene mutation that gives natural resistance to HIV. About 1% of people descended from northern Europeans have inherited the mutation from both parents and are immune to most HIV.

The transplant changed the London patient's immune system, giving him the donor's mutation and HIV resistance. It is too soon to tell if the “cure” will be permanent or not. 

Earlier this year, Zimbabwean Prophet Walter Magaya claimed to have located a cure for the deadly virus. In his admission, the cure was through a herb called AGUMA, which he said had magical powers to destroy the virus within 14 days.

“As you continue to take the AGUMA, you start to see your CD4 count disappearing until you become HIV negative,” Magaya announced at his Harare church on Sunday to a collage of African journalists.

“The herb is 100 percent organic. Why I saw so is because we found out that there are no side effects,” he maintained, without divulging the secret formula. - Additional Reporting from Online Sources

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