A Cure for HIV?

The HIV/AIDS  community is buzzing this week with news that an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure. Known as the “Berlin Patient,” he received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy (and highly expensive) treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing “strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved” While this treatment is experimental, the case paves the way for future possible cures for HIV infection through genetically-engineered stem cells.

For more information on this breakthrough report, visit AIDSMeds.com. As well-known HIV/AIDS nutrition expert Nelson Vergel points out in a Q&A forum on TheBody.com this week, we’re a long ways off from the real-world applications of these findings.

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