Washington, (UNI): A US patient, who was being treated for leukemia, has probably become the third person and the first woman to be cured of HIV.
The patient’s case was presented at a medical conference in Denver on Tuesday and is the first time that this method is known to have been used as a functional cure for HIV, BBC reported.
She had received a transplant of umbilical cord as part of her cancer treatment from someone with natural resistance to the Aids-causing virus.
She did not have to take the antiretroviral therapy required to treat HIV since then and also been free of the virus for past 14 months.
According to BBC, the ase was part of a larger US study of people living with HIV who had received the same type of blood transplant to treat cancer and serious diseases.
The transplanted cells selected had a specific genetic mutation, meaning they can’t be infected by the HIV virus.
According to the scientists, the immune system of recipients can develop resistance to HIV as a result.
For the first time, stem cell transplants was conducted in 2007. Timothy Ray Brown was the first person to be “cured” of HIV. The second patient was Adam Castillejo.