Cure for HIV found?
He developed the leukemia because of AIDS, and despite of these two diseases, he managed to survive. The doctors analyzed him very recently, and they realized that he was no longer sick. He got rid both of the AIDS and of the leukemia, which amazed the doctors. The doctors have stated that they have very valid reasons to believe that they have managed to cure both of the diseases which cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. The doctors have declared that they gave Brown stem cells and bone marrow transplants which were taken from a patient with predisposition against the HIV. They believe that this is the main reason why after three years, the disease was no longer present in the body of this patient. The doctors have stated that they need to analyze Brown in the future as well, to make sure that the two diseases will not reaper in the body. However, at this moment, Brown is the first patient in the world who has been cured of HIV, something which was considered to be impossible up to this point. The doctors hope that they will be able to find a cure for the other patients who suffer of the disease, and they said that they will start working on the treatment very soon.
However, they have stated that the treatment he was subjected too had side effects, which were very aggressive. They said that Brown was affected from a neurological point of view, as he was blinded for a certain period of time, and that he developed certain speech disabilities. His memory was affected as well, but that these side effects would go away after a certain period of time. The German doctors were very happy about the results, and they hope that they will be able to develop a cure which might be able to save millions of people. They said that the conception about the disease was that it could not be stopped, but that they proved otherwise. Dr. Gero Hutter was one of the people who took care of the patient, and he said that this is the biggest thing he has achieved so far. The scientists from the U.S have been amazed by this as well, as they have become very interested in the situation, and they have declared that they would like to cooperate with the scientists from Germany in order to find a cure for the terrible illness. The experts have been very satisfied by the results of the treatment, but they have stated that people should not get their hopes very high for the moment.
They have said that years will pass until the treatment will be available on the market, and that is if it will ever be available. They said that Brown needs to be subjected to lots of tests in order to see if the diseases will not reappear, and if the side effects of the treatment will not get worse over the course of time. Dr David Scadden, who is a co-director of the Harvard University Stem Cell Institute, said that Brown is not cured, and that the word could be used only when the doctors are 100 percent sure that the disease has been completely eliminated from his body. The disease was first discovered in the United States of America in 1981, and it was considered to be a disease which could only affect the gay men, as they were the ones who usually had it. A female patient who had the disease, appeared about a year later, and the people started panicking, as they realized that the disease was more dangerous than it was initially believed. For 9 years, the ones who had the disease were convicted to death, as there were no medications which could have been able to help them with the problem.
In the mid 90s, the doctors managed to develop very strong antiretroviral drugs which were able to keep the disease under control. Dr Margaret Fischl, who is a pioneering AIDS researcher at the University of Miami, said that those medications were seen as a partial cure by many, as the lives of the ones who suffered from the disease were prolonged with more than 5 years. There were cases when these people were able to live more than ten years than what the doctors told them. Dr. Margret said that the news are very great, but she also said that she would never give this treatment to an HIV patient. She considers the side effects to be too aggressive, and she considers that the risks are not worth it. She said that she might give this treatment to the ones who suffer from HIV, if they would not have other options, but since they can use the current treatment which can prologue their lives for more than two decades, she would not do it.
The first news about Mr. Brown was made in February when the doctors said that his blood tests had a normal result. They stated back then, that he might have eliminated the disease from his body, but the majority of the doctors said that it is very likely that the HIV will reappear once he will stop taking the treatment. It did not, and this is why the news made such big sensations. It seems that the treatments for the disease are getting more and more effective. The scientists managed to develop a gel which they women can insert in their vaginas, and which has the capacity of reducing the possibility of contracting the disease by 40 percent or even more. The best method of preventing the disease is using a condom, but there are people who do not want to do it.11