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German Doctors Believe They Have Cured American Patient’s HIV, Leukemia

Posted Dec 21 2010 7:01pm

Doctors in Berlin, working with an American patient with both HIV and leukemia, have declared in a peer-reviewed journal that they believe they have cured both illnesses. It would be the first time an HIV patient has been cured.

The procedure is creating a buzz in the HIV academic community in the United States. Experts here call the development encouraging, but warn that years of work remain before the treatment could lead to a general therapy against HIV.

“’Cured’ is a strong word. But this is very encouraging,” said Dr. David Scadden, co-director of the Harvard University Stem Cell Institute. “From all indications, there was no residual virus. It’s as good an outcome as one could hope.”

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