A fourth person in the world recovered from HIV with stem cells

A fourth person in the world recovered from HIV with stem cells

A 66-year-old male became the fourth patient to recover from HIV infection, following the transplant of stem cells from a donor with rare genetic mutation: it was linked to HIV resistance.

The man has been in remission for 17 months, the oldest patient to have successfully undergone a trial.

A man had been diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and had developed leukemia a few years ago, and in 2019, he was transferred to treatment with hemopothetic stem cells.

He has been under surveillance for 17 months and the patient has not yet taken antiviral drugs and is still in remission from HIV.

According to researchers, they are now convinced that if a suitable stem cell donor is found for HIV and cancer patients, new, less intensive chemotherapy schemes can be used to achieve double remission.