People i this world came to know about HIV 30 years ago and more than 30 million people already die of this disease and this disease also is gradually increasing with rate of 7,000 people per day globally, the UN says. Still the good news for people against this virus are not much in hear. But the special news of the man scientists call the “Berlin patient” is so remarkable and has generated so much excitement among the HIV advocacy community.
It is the news of Timothy Ray Brown who have suffered from both leukemia and HIV when he received a bone marrow stem cell transplant in Berlin, Germany in 2007. According to San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, the trait may be passed down from ancestors who became immune to the plague centuries ago. This Wired story says it was more likely passed down from people who became immune to a smallpox-like disease.)
Scientists who are working for anti HIV vaccine are stunned with what happened to Brown. Brown gets himself away from HIV. It is not only a miracle for scientists but also a great issue from their topics.
His doctor Gero Huetter told that now he had no any replicating virus and he isn’t taking any medication. And it is sure than he will now not have problem relating to HIV. Brown who lives in Bay Area, and is suffered from some mild neurological difficulties after the operation. His doctor is much happy with what he is blessed. During 1990s the development of anti-retroviral drugs took place which created hope for remedy of epidemic, transforming the disease from a sudden killer to a more manageable illness that could be lived with for decades. The high cost of it, which is costing $13 billion a year in developing countries alone made it very much unavailable. That figure is expected to triple in 20 years–raising the worry that more sick people will not be able to afford treatment.
The story of Brown is very remarkable but it may not be applicable to the 33.3 million people around the world living with HIV to transplants bone marrow as it is much fatal. This can be lesson of encouragement to all the cure researchers.