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post Dec 14 2010, 05:49 AM
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Here's something that should provide some interesting research in the months/years to follow:

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Doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia in 2007 say they now believe the man to have been cured of HIV infection as a result of the treatment, which introduced stem cells which happened to be resistant to HIV infection.

The man received bone marrow from a donor who had natural resistance to HIV infection; this was due to a genetic profile which led to the CCR5 co-receptor being absent from his cells. The most common variety of HIV uses CCR5 as its ‘docking station’, attaching to it in order to enter and infect CD4 cells, and people with this mutation are almost completely protected against infection.

The case was first reported at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, and Berlin doctors subsequently published a detailed case history in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2009.

They have now published a follow-up report in the journal Blood, arguing that based on the results of extensive tests, “It is reasonable to conclude that cure of HIV infection has been achieved in this patient.”

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Basically, his immune system was emptied via chemotherapy. Then the donor HIV-resistant stem cells were put in, they filled up the immune system, and took over.

The process was long and grueling but he appears to no longer have HIV from various tests.


Thoughts? Obviously there is going to be a TON of research to follow with different people/conditions/etc.


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post Dec 14 2010, 06:46 AM
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Do you believe that Magic Johnson beat AIDs? Is it possible this is how he did it?

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post Dec 14 2010, 07:03 AM
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Apparently he's taking an assortment of drugs to stop his HIV from becoming AIDS. Beat AIDS? Not really.


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post Dec 14 2010, 01:06 PM
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also;

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/1643...a-cure-for-aids
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I can't believe no one at least gave the cash cure a chance.


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Who needs the cash cure when the Germans can find a cure accidentally?


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Wrapping it up in the first place is probably a better option.


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post Dec 14 2010, 09:19 PM
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QUOTE (DuffMan @ Dec 14 2010, 04:14 PM) *
Wrapping it up in the first place is probably a better option.

Abstinence is the best policy, ask Pieface. He'd be doomed to AIDS if he let all the guys pound him in the bummer.
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post Dec 15 2010, 03:27 AM
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AIDS is one of the nature's population control mechanisms. We hope they will find a cure soon, but it's not healthy for the planet because the humans are choking it.

Not only do we want to find a cure for all diseases, we also want to live longer and longer, 90, 100 or even 150 years some day.

I hope we'll find a cure for AIDS, cancer and all other diseases. And I welcome long life. This is not because I'm an idealist or kind, it's because I'm an egoist living in the Rich World. mellow.gif


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post Dec 18 2010, 05:19 AM
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I read in our paper yesterday that one HIV infected person got rid of the infection by using stem cells. I think he was American so some of you have probably heard about it.


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QUOTE (demon @ Dec 18 2010, 12:19 AM) *
I read in our paper yesterday that one HIV infected person got rid of the infection by using stem cells. I think he was American so some of you have probably heard about it.


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post Dec 18 2010, 07:53 PM
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Fail. lol.


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The man received bone marrow from a donor who had natural resistance to HIV infection

I didn't read everything in your post, but when I saw the above quoted sentence I concluded it could not be the same story.



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it was only possible because he had cancer


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