Thirty million people have died from HIV since it was first discovered some 30 million years ago. After years of progress in holding back the disease there is a reported case of an alleged successful cure.
Timothy Ray Brown, 45, tested positive for the disease in 1995 and this year has been entered in scientific journals as the first man in world history to have HIV eliminated from his body.
In 2007, Brown was living in Berlin, Germany dealing not only with HIV but leukemia as well. Doctors gave him a bone marrow, stem cell transplant that had astounding results.
“The Berlin Patient,” as Brown is called, received stem cells from a donor who was immune to HIV. Contrary to popular belief, one percent of Caucasians are actually immune to the virus. It is believed that this immunity stems from those that survived the Great Plague.
Today, Brown is being closely monitored by doctors at San Francisco General Hospital where doctors sought out a medical opinion from one of the most repsected AIDS researchers in the world, Dr. Jay Levy, who originally co-discovered the HIV virus.
Experts say that while Brown’s procedure may not be applicable to many other people due to the difficulty in doing stem cell transplants and finding the right donor, it does open the door to the field of cure research.