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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:51 pm    Post subject: They found a cure for AIDS. Maybe. Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23132561

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Two patients have been taken off their HIV drugs after bone-marrow transplants seemed to clear the virus from their bodies, doctors report.

One of the patients has spent nearly four months without taking medication with no sign of the virus returning.

The team at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in the US, caution that it is far too soon to talk about a cure as the virus could return at any point.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not really new. I don't know when this was first observed, but I do remember reading about it a while back.

However, it is not so easy to find a bone marrow donor - many people suffering from leukemia would be glad if it was.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would wait a year before becoming optimistic... but if that happens.... correct me if I'm wrong... but wouldn't that be the first virus ever cured?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes and no.
You can't kill a virus with an antibiotic (because a virus is not alive in the strict sense of the word), but you can use serums to cure a virus infection.
However, a lot of viruses is persistent and cannot be cured, like HIV, different kinds of herpes etc..
There is some antiviral medication that helps the body get rid of viruses - but I am not sure if these would work so well in a person with a suppressed immune system, so I'm not sure if you can count them as a cure or merely something that accelerates healing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some story as a couple of years ago about some guy from Berlin where they nuked the bone marrow and could find the virus afterwards.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It keeps cropping up - the odd person that has an immunity, African prostitutes &
that guy in America .. IIRC ?

Edit - there was also a child, recently as I recall, given massive doses of antivirals -
goes off grid for a few years, turns up clear.
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