This article appears in Huffington Post today and in my greatest gratitude I have “cut and paste” the article in its entirety. I dance a hallelujah dance, sing a song of joy, humbly bow and say thank you thank you to all the guidance given by the Powers That Be. May the research continue to bring greater achievements to make this a curable disease. I dedicate this to my Uncle who passed a year and half ago after being diagnosed HIV and living with full blown AIDS for many years. I love you now and always, and to all the men, women and children worldwide who continue to struggle or have been taken by this heartbreaking disease and their families who go through the struggle with them.
On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.
Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the “Berlin Patient,” received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukaemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing “strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.”
While Brown is the first person to ever be declared cured of HIV, his case paves a path for constructing a cure for HIV through genetically-engineered stem cells.
Last week, Time named another AIDS-related discovery to its list of the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010. Recent studies show that healthy individuals who take antiretrovirals, medicine commonly prescribed for treating HIV, can reduce their risk of contracting the disease by up to 73 percent.
While these developments by no means prove a cure for the virus has been found, they can certainly provide hope for the more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide. Alongside such findings, global efforts to combat the epidemic have accelerated as of late, with new initiatives emerging in the Philippines and South Africa this week.