While the world’s attention has been captured the death of Richard Holbrook and the legal fate of one Julain Assange, scientists in Germany quietly announced that they had cured a patient of AIDS in Berlin. The Huffington Post reports this afternoon that:
On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.
Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukaemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved."
While Brown is the first person to ever be declared cured of HIV, his case paves a path for constructing a cure for HIV through genetically-engineered stem cells.
What this does not mean is that doctors have discovered a cure for AIDS; instead, success with the “Berlin Patient” offers hope that further breakthroughs in the medical sciences might just bring about an end to the worldwide HIV/AIDS crisis.