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By Amanda Byas     Jul 3, 2013 in Science
Kuala Lumpur - Wednesday two HIV-positive patients located in the United States that went through bone marrow transplants for cancer stopped the anti-retroviral therapy. They are showing no sign of the HIV virus.
Researchers from Harvard University stating that it is way too early to say that the patients have been cured, but it is a great sign that the virus did not show up after stopping the anti-retroviral therapy.
Timothy Ray Brown, first person to ever be reported to be cured of HIV, went through a stem cell transplant back in 2007 to treat his leukemia. Two years later it was reported by his doctors that he was cured of his HIV. However, his doctors found a donor who had a rare genetic mutation that is resistance against the HIV disease. As of today, there has been no one else that has this rare genetic mutation.
USA Today reports Timothy Henrich and Daniel Kuritzkes, the researchers from Harvard-affiliated Birgham and Women’s Hospital, said that blood samples were taken from both of the patients, who had blood cancers. They both showed no traces of the virus eight months after the transplants.
The men have both since stopped anti-retroviral therapy — one 15 weeks ago and the other seven weeks ago — and show no signs of the virus, Henrich told an international AIDS conference in Malaysia on Wednesday.
The researcher’s findings were presented today at the International AIDS Society Conference that was held in Malaysia.
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