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Jul 03

Stem-cell therapy wipes out HIV in two patients

By Ben Hirschler

2013-07-03T120457Z_1_AJOE9620XKC00_RTROPTP_2_OZATP-HIV-STEMCELLS-20130703LONDON (Reuters) – Two men with HIV have been off AIDS drugs for several months after receiving stem-cell transplants for cancer that appear to have cleared the virus from their bodies, researchers reported on Wednesday.

Both patients, who were treated in Boston and had been on long-term drug therapy to control their HIV, received stem-cell transplants after developing lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

Since the transplants, doctors have been unable to find any evidence of HIV infection, Timothy Henrich of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston told an International AIDS Society conference in Kuala Lumpur.

While it is too early to say for sure that the virus has disappeared from their bodies altogether, one patient has now been off antiretroviral drug treatment for 15 weeks and the other for seven weeks.

Last July Henrich first reported that the two men had undetectable levels of HIV in their blood after their stem-cell treatment, but at that time they were still taking medicines to suppress HIV.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/stem-cell-therapy-wipes-hiv-two-patients-120457029.html

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CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reports Stem-cell therapy from Germany cures HIV

 

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  1. Patricia

    I don’t believe there is a cure for this disease. And just because the virus is not showing up now does not mean it is not there. HIV is very tricky.

  2. Sy

    I’m glad this was done with adult stem cells and not embryonic stem cells. Although, if they were embryonic, my guess is there would be more support for replication. This brings a question to mind: How does one become classified as highly resistant to HIV? Repeated exposure? Interesting story.

  3. K

    So now that DOMA has been struck down in California and Prop 8 considered unconstitutional the LGBT and elitist agenda is moving forward with rapid pace to tear down every idol/imagery of the True God Jehovah. Our slackness to defend the faith has created a breach through which the enemy is exploiting aggressively. We have allowed the enemy to open this Pandoras box and now everything unholy is flying out of it.

    Within a week of striking down DOMA and 18 months post DADT we have had cases for the repeal of bestality, polygamy, and age of consent laws come to the fore. All of these being cases where the populous has emphatically defended against. Now we have Stem Cell research which was cast down by president Bush coming back again. What’s noticeable about this story is that although Bush cast it down, apparently his public display didn’t mean much because the testing and research continued to go on without regard to the law. The without regard to the law part is telling and the obvious spirit with which this agenda operates.

    All of this reminds me of the Parable of the bothersome friend in Luke 11:5-8 :
    5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

    We are the ones in bed (asleep) and we became friends with the world and this agenda. Now they are bothering us and just like the Amalekites we will now never be rid of them. Our bread was never for the dogs. Saints need to recognize that the constitution will not protect nor save us. Only God through His son Jesus Christ can save humanity.

  4. Lena

    Well i don’t know , i have heard many things like, HIV was a man made virus, and they always had a cure to it, yet they choose not to give it out or let it known because they were hoping that it would kill off a lot of the population. (ONLY THE RICH AND CONNECTED WHERE ABLE TO GET IT) then i heard that HIV was a sickness that came out of the acts of perversion (which i know that i know that what ever you have n your spirit can psychically make you sick and even kill you, deliverance is real through our lord Jesus Christ). I DO KNOW THAT ALL THIS INFORMATION THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN OUT IS NOT IN IT FULLNESS. in other words they are not telling it all, of course………………………. all i can say is stay saved, trust in the Lord and seek His face. people are being taken off of this earth in many ways, and although HIV is high, it still is not the leading cause of death. there are many ways THE LORD can take you and you should know by now just by looking at all that has been happening around us that if the Lord wants you now, He will take you now. for a mans thought are not His thoughts. you don’t know all of what the Lord has in mind!!!!

  5. markdonna7

    @Bianca I think what you are saying is true, Let keep hope in the Lord.

  6. Philip

    The transplant was done on their bone marrow where the HIV is known to hide and what makes HIV able to replicate itself and hide in their DNA. Nonetheless, in a recent comment I heard on the BBC, HIV also hides itself in the gut, and in the brain, so there are other factors that they need to look at, and it certainly won’t be a treatment that will work for everybody. Moreover, this transplant is very expensive and most HIV cases are in third-world sub-Saharan Africa. Your body also needs to be healthy, or fit enough to convalesce from the bone-marrow treatment, so if your health is not at a required standard they won’t give you the treatment.

    I’ve never heard of these special 10% of Caucasians that are immune to HIV until today.

  7. Marcia D Judkins

    Watch House of Numbers.( DVD or Netflix) This documentary will open your eyes and understanding of HIV and AIDS tremendously.

  8. KemiHunter@gmail.com

    I dunno why but the movie I am legend came to mind

  9. rebecca

    I’ve always believed that HIV was a way of indicating to us that adultery and promiscuity is a sin. Although I’m happy that those who have the disease not by choice, meaning they got it through rape, passed on from mother to child, or any other unforeseen reason can finally get treatment I do however hope it does not cause even further chaos and sin. If its Gods will then may it be a success.

  10. Samantha

    Wait a minute….what type of stem cells?? Because if they created a life to steal a test tube baby’s stem cells to cure them of their sexual immorality then they are 2 fold cursed (cursed due to sexual sin and cursed for killing an unborn child). If these happen to be adult stem cells, then it could be good news for children we contracted the virus in utero; but I wouldn’t call the use of adult stem cells to cure HIV good news for those who practice sexual sin because all this will do is give them a license to continue in their sin and the false security that they’ll have no consequence to their actions! So sad.

  11. Stan Rogers

    They will always be looking for a cure as long as they continue in homosexuality.

  12. shayshay

    Really don’t know what to say about this situation… Because will this give people who want to keep in sexual sins okay to keep in sin now they can really live like the way they want.

  13. Bianca

    hi ex, i believe in my heart that there was a cure for aids long time ago but it was just never made public, so that they can keep humanity in fear, i believe the word im looking for is “organised crime” and when the day comes that they eventually do introduce this “cure” then the people would be ready to give their right arm to get that cure or better said; they will be ready to even sell their souls to get that cure! they the governent will be then this worlds savior!

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