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Terrence Higgins Trust: Latest bone marrow transplant development ‘by no means a workable’ HIV cure

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  1. That There Other David 3 Jul 2013, 3:53pm

    No it isn’t, but finally it does give us an idea as to why HIV infections are so persistent, and that knowledge could very well lead to a cure. Exciting stuff all in all.

  2. GulliverUK 3 Jul 2013, 4:02pm

    Bummer :( I didn’t think it would that easy, especially as bone marrow is difficult to match, as we all know. I’d gladly donate marrow if it could help others.

    Every little helps, as they say, and every piece of new information has potential. For the time being, there are drugs which preserve the ability to work and carry on a near-normal life.

    More important than promised cures would be making sure any friends who are HIV positive know, absolutely, that you will be there for them, forever.

  3. Vince in Brighton 3 Jul 2013, 4:09pm

    Bye bye HIV and hello Cancer :-O ?
    Er sure there is good news in there somewhere? These things happen every now and then – but aren’t practical for everyone.And this procedure can be risky and also dangerous . . . .

  4. When it comes to cure research there is plenty going on right now, but each advance is just one more piece in the jigsaw to a successful HIV cure.

    I suspect THT felt the need to clarify this important research as the BBC once again have conflated the science reporting with the headline “Bone marrow frees men of HIV drugs”.

    To be correct, both men had stem cells transplants & underwent chemo to destroy the cancer ridden bone marrow, all whilst continuing to take HIV treatment.

    They then stopped ARV’s, so far so good no viral rebound but it is early days – all this is great research & for the 2 men who benefitted from this very invasive procedure.

  5. Even if having a bone marrow transplant was shown to remove HIV from the bloodstream wouldn’t it mean that recipients of such a transplant would need to take medication for the rest of their lives to ensure their bodies don’t reject the transplant?

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