A new light dawns in on the otherwise somber world of HIV and AIDS positive victims. A man emerged to testify the wonders of science which he claimed to have healed him from his affliction which was first thought to be ‚Äúincurable.‚Äù 30 years since HIV was first discovered, 30 million people have already died from this deadly and contagious disease. It still continues to spread at an alarming rate of 7,000 people per day across the globe as reported by the United Nations. The news about the cure for AIDS gave hope to those who had suffered from this terminal disease. It has generated so much excitement among the HIV advocacy community.
Timothy Ray Brown suffered from both leukemia and HIV. He is also known as the ‚ÄúBerlin patient‚Äù and his identity was at first, held confidential. His alias though is commonly dropped in reference everytime AIDS advent treatment is mentioned in scientific studied. Brown underwent a bone marrow stem cell transplant in Berlin, Germany in 2007. The transplant came from a man who was immune to HIV, which scientists say about 1 percent of Caucasians are. According to San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, the trait may be passed down from ancestors who became immune to the plague centuries ago. This Wired story says it was more likely passed down from people who became immune to a smallpox-like disease.
The result was overwhelming much to the astonishment of scientists who had spent years of finding the cure in AIDS. They were closely monitoring the progress of Brown and all were stunned to discover that his HIV went away. It sure is one gigantic achievement on their part.
“He has no replicating virus and he isn’t taking any medication. And he will now probably never have any problems with HIV,” his doctor Gero Huetter told Reuters. Brown is currently residing peacefully and recuperating from his operation in the Bay Area. He is reported to suffers from some mild neurological difficulties after the operation but it is not a serious case. “It makes me very happy,” the doctor says of the incredible cure.
Brown‚Äôs story might have made a global impact but scientists emphasized the danger of bone marrow transplant in curing HIV. It is fatal and could not, by any means, be applicable to 33.3 million people in the different parts of the world who are living with HIV. Still, the discovery lends hope and drives researchers to find a more accessible, safe and affordable cure for the afflicted victims.