Posted on March 5, 2019

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A man known only as the "London patient" appeared to be cured of HIV, making him the second known patient in nearly 12 years, giving scientists new hope that an eventual cure is possible, reports said Monday.⁣ ⁣ The "London patient" who was infected with HIV and suffered from Hodgkin's lymphoma, received a bone marrow transplant from a donor with the CCR 5 mutation in May 2016, the New York Times reported. The transplant destroyed the cancer without harmful side effects, while the transplanted immune cells, which are now resistant to HIV, seem to have fully replaced his vulnerable cells, according to the paper.⁣ ⁣ The scientists are describing the case as a long-term remission publicly, while most experts are calling it a cure, the paper reported. The investigators plan to publish their report on Tuesday in the journal Nature and are to present some of the details at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, the Times reported.

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