California Cancer Center “City of Hope” – Researchers declare fourth HIV patient cured
– Researchers declare fourth HIV patient cured
A 66-year-old man reported a complete cure after a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia. He is so far the oldest of the fully healed people.
According to AIDS researchers, a fourth patient with HIV has been cured of the virus. The 66-year-old patient at the City of Hope Cancer Center in California, USA, has made a full recovery after undergoing a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia, researchers said Wednesday ahead of the international AIDS conference that begins Friday in Montreal, Canada announced.
The “City of Hope” patient is therefore the second HIV patient to be completely cured this year. In February, researchers declared a US citizen known as a New York patient to have recovered. Previously, patients from London and Berlin could be cured.
“Believed it was my death sentence”
The fourth patient, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement from the California Cancer Center: “When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, like many others at the time, I believed it was my death sentence. I never thought that I would see the day when I no longer have HIV. I am infinitely grateful.”
The City of Hope patient was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. As a result, like the two HIV patients from London and Berlin, he received a bone marrow transplant using stem cells from an unrelated donor with a rare mutation missing part of the CCR5 gene. The causative agent of the immune deficiency disease AIDS cannot harm people without this gene.
After the corona vaccination in March 2021, the patient discontinued the antiretroviral medication and has since been considered completely cured. The patient was infected with the HI virus for 31 years, longer than the other people who were able to be completely cured.
Jana Dickter, an infectious disease specialist at the City of Hope Cancer Center, told AFP he is the oldest of the fully cured HIV patients and his success holds promise for other elderly HIV patients who are also at suffer from cancer.
The reduced-intensity chemotherapy helped the patient and may allow other older HIV patients with cancer to receive treatment, Dickter said. However, it is a complicated treatment with strong side effects that is not an option for most HIV patients.