No Trace of HIV After Stem-Cell Transplants, Researchers Say

HealthDay: 7/2/13

Two more patients undergo ‘sterilizing cure,’ advancing understanding of the process

By Dennis Thompson

WEDNESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) — Two HIV-positive patients show no trace of virus after receiving chemotherapy and stem-cell transplants as treatment for lymphoma, according to new research.

These patients have become the second and third known cases of a “sterilizing cure,” in which medical treatment removes all traces of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — from the body. They have remained virus-free even though doctors months ago took them off their HIV-targeted medications. Read More