Doctors claim to have found a “functional cure” for HIV some 30 years after the Centers for Disease Control issued the first report on the emerging AIDS epidemic, according to the CBS Evening News.
Timothy Ray Brown, a 45-year-old living in the Bay Area, tested positive for HIV in 1995. While living in Berlin, Germany, scientists gave Brown a bone marrow, stem cell transplant [from a patient who was immune to HIV] that cured him of the disease as well as the leukemia he had at the time.
“I quit taking my HIV medication on the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since,” Brown told a reporter from the CBS Evening News. I’m very happy to be the first man cured of HIV, Brown added.
Dr. Jay Levy, one of the co-discoverers of the HIV virus, told the CBS Evening News, “If you’re able to take the white cells from someone and manipulate them so they’re no longer infectable by HIV, and those white cells become the whole immune system of that individual, you’ve got essentially what we call a functional cure.”