- An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the HIV virus. He had received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor. The donor had a genetic mutation known as ‘CCR5 delta 32’, which confers resistance to HIV.
- The first person to be cleared of HIV virus was a patient in Germany who underwent a similar treatment in 2007.
- HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), if not treated. There are two main types of the virus: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-2. At present there is no effective cure for HIV, but HIV can be controlled. The medicine used to treat HIV is called antiretroviral therapy or ART.
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