Blood Transplant Appears To Cure AIDS
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A blood transplant appears to have cured an American man infected with the AIDS virus.
The man lives in Berlin, and had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia.
His donor had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV.
According to a recent report in the medical journal Blood, the recipient now shows no signs of leukemia or HIV infection.
While specialists in HIV medicine and infectious diseases say the procedure is too expensive and risky to be practical as a standard therapy, they believe it could yield important discoveries along the road to finding a cure.