The first woman living in America has been cured of HIV after a stem cell transplant. She was currently being treated for acute myeloid leukemia, cancer in the bone marrow. The patient received a stem cell transplant from a donor, who was resistant to the AIDS-causing virus.
News of this medical breakthrough was announced at the 29th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Jingmei Hsu (expert on Bone Marrow and Stem cell transplant) and Dr. Koen van Besien (Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program) worked with Dr. Marshall Glesby (Infectious disease expert), who led the trials and worked on the treatment.
As stated by the Weill Cornell Medicine Office of External Affairs New York, “A patient living with HIV who received a blood stem cell transplant for high-risk acute myeloid leukemia has been free of the virus for 14 months after stopping HIV antiretroviral drug treatment, suggesting a cure.”
Sharon Lewin, Director of the Peter Doherty Institute (Melbourne) and President-Elect of the International Aids Society told ABC News Australia, “usually the virus could come back in two to three weeks, but now its been fourteen months with no evidence of the virus.”
Scientists, doctors, and researchers are constantly looking to make improvements in the field of Medicine. Stem cells in the body do not have a precise role, structure, or function. However, they do have the ability to replace or become part of other cells in our bodies when they die. Hence, they hold significance in the medical field when looking for a solution to replace damaged or diseased body tissue. Recently, Moderna and the IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative) launched the trial of an HIV Vaccine Antigens delivered through mRNA technology.
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