A medical landmark
HIV/AIDS conference
The end of the pandemic
An unexpected recovery
Stem cell is the answer
Getting rid of AIDS for once and all
No traces
Side effects
Timothy Brown
More research needed
In only 17 days
Making a 'bridge'
Prevention and medication
The HIV vaccine
Moderna
Game-changer
mRNA
A much better place
The other pandemic
The AIDS epidemic
No longer a death sentence
A cure for HIV
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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(1/22)
A medical landmark

The New York Times has reported that scientists have managed to cure a woman infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) using a never-seen-before treatment.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(2/22)
HIV/AIDS conference

This new development was revealed in mid-February during The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections hosted in Denver, Colorado. This gathering is one of the most important HIV/AIDS conferences around the world.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(3/22)
The end of the pandemic

Although this recovery follows very specific circumstances, this opens the path to end HIV as a global pandemic once for all.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(4/22)
An unexpected recovery

The woman went through a bone marrow transplant using umbilical cord blood to treat her leukemia, which also cured her of the human immunodeficiency virus.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(5/22)
Stem cell is the answer

This case serves as proof that stem cell research is probably the best option to fight HIV.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(6/22)
Getting rid of AIDS for once and all

Getting rid of AIDS once and for all might be sooner than we thought.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(7/22)
No traces

A year after her bone marrow transplant, the patient so far shows no traces of HIV in her body and doesn't require any treatment.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(8/22)
Side effects

Before her, two men who were HIV positive who received stem cell treatment managed to overcome the disease, but faced dire side effects.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(9/22)
Timothy Brown

Timothy Ray Brown, the first reported case to have been cured of HIV, almost died of graft rejection. Meanwhile, the second case lost 70 pounds, plus suffered from hearing loss and multiple infections.

Pictured: Timothy Ray Brown in 2012.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(10/22)
More research needed

Scientists are still unclear why cord blood managed to successfully fight HIV on those occasions. Bone marrow transplants are an arduous process, and it will take many studies for a long time until we manage to know more.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(11/22)
In only 17 days

Nonetheless, this specific case is a watershed moment. The patient, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2013, presented no side effects and was discharged after only 17 days.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(12/22)
Making a 'bridge'

According to The New York Times piece, she also received blood stem cells from a first-degree relative, which served as a “bridge” to the donated cord blood, making the process less dangerous.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(13/22)
Prevention and medication

HIV research continues, but in the meantime, we'll have to do with prevention and current medication to slow down the spread of HIV and the development of AIDS.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(14/22)
The HIV vaccine

The unique characteristics of the human immunodeficiency virus make developing a vaccine very difficult. However, several projects are on their way.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(15/22)
Moderna

Pharmaceutical company Moderna announced in January 2022 that they would start clinical trials for an HIV vaccine they have great hopes for.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(16/22)
Game-changer

The HIV vaccine that Moderna is testing is somewhat similar to the Covid-19 vaccine in that both are based on mRNA vaccines, a new type of inoculation technique that is quickly becoming a game-changer in the medical field.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(17/22)
mRNA

Instead of introducing a weakened or inactive form of the virus into our bodies, the mRNA vaccine “teaches” how to produce antibodies to fight off the virus.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(18/22)
A much better place

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that despite vocal minorities such as the anti-vax movement, medical advancements have made the world a much better place.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(19/22)
The other pandemic

The most common hypothesis about HIV is that it jumped from chimpanzees to humans somewhere around the 1920s. However, it was in the 1980s when AIDS developed, and it became a global pandemic.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(20/22)
The AIDS epidemic

Millions have died from the disease, including famous people like actor Rock Hudson, musician Freddy Mercury, singer Klaus Nomi, filmmaker Derek Jarman, and artist Keith Haring.

Pictured: A recreation of a Keith Haring mural in New York City.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(21/22)
No longer a death sentence

Forty years ago, an AIDS diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. Today, modern treatments allow those infected to live a pretty normal life. Though in many developing countries, it still carries a heavy toll.

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The promising new treatment that could cure HIV
(22/22)
A cure for HIV

However, cases such as the patient treated with umbilical cord blood are an important reminder that, sooner or later, science could find a definite cure to diseases such as HIV.

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