The oldest patient of HIV cured by stem cell treatment, was also suffering from blood cancer

Highlights

  • This patient was the oldest of the three people

  • Treatment is also possible for old patients of HIV and blood cancer

With the advent of technology in science, many impossible things have become possible now. Now in this episode, after undergoing a stem cell transplant, a 66-year-old man has been cured of dangerous diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and blood cancer. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) was also stopped for this. Let us tell you, in the year 1988, the patient came to know that he had HIV. After which, for more than 30 years, he was resorting to antiretroviral therapy (ART) to control it.

This patient was the oldest of the three people

The stem cell transplant was done from a donor who was naturally resistant to the virus that causes AIDS. With the help of this mechanism, for the first time the “Berlin patient”, Timothy Ray Brown, has been cured. The man was suffering from HIV for more than 31 years. This treatment has been done on three patients, out of which this patient was the oldest. Stem cell transplant was done to cure blood cancer and HIV disease in the patient.

He was 63 years old when the transplant took place and is the oldest patient to be diagnosed with HIV and blood cancer. After the transplant, both these diseases have been cured in them.

Treatment is also possible for old patients of HIV and blood cancer

Actually, this information has been given in the meeting of International AIDS Society (IAS) 2022. This shows that treatment is possible even for older patients with HIV and blood cancer. According to IAS President Sharon Levin, this has given hope that even the most dangerous disease can be cured.

City of Hope hematologist Ahmed Aribi said, “This patient was diagnosed with AML. [एक्यूट मायलॉइड ल्यूकेमिया] The risk of recurrence was high, although the treatment went well.

After the transplant three and a half years ago, chemotherapy was done. The patient of City of Hope stopped taking ART in March 2021. The team said he has been there for more than a year now and is free from both the diseases HIV and leukemia.

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