Paris: A person has been reported to be free from HIV AIDS; an endangered and deadly disease after stem cell transplantation in London. This is a good news for researchers and bio technologists. This is the second case where the patient got cured after stem cell transplantation. Before this , a patient from Berlin has been relieved of HIV virus.
In a report published in magazine “Nature” researchers said that the first case where the patient got cured and got rid of HIV was revealed ten years ago. And after that the second case has been reported in London in which after 19 months of stem cell transplantation the signs of HIV virus were vanished.
Both of these two patients who were infected from HIV were suffering from blood cancer and then they underwent bone marrow transplant operation. They were transmitted with stem cells of those people who had a rare genetic mutation which is capable of resisting HIV virus. For one patient , After doctors diagnosed him with an advanced case of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a kind of Cancer; the person went through chemotherapy and a transplant from a donor who had rare genetic mutation – CCR5 mutation.
A group of researchers in Cambridge University; Professor Ravindra Gupta and his team said that the whole process of bone marrow transplantation is very painful and quite dangerous.
And It is not a very practical practice to treat HIV AIDS, but when the second case of curing and of getting rid of AIDS virus from stem cell transplantation, came scientists are getting a lot of help in finding it.
The Director of Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Sharon R. Levine said, “The second case strengthens the idea that treatment for HIV AIDS is possible. Treatment as bone marrow transplantation is not practical, but it will help us in finding other methods for treatment of HIV.
As per medical reports HIV takes lives about 10 lakh people every year.
Dr. Steve Deeks, an AIDS specialist from the University of California, San Francisco, said” A ray of hope hangs in the air.” The approach to cure HIV is shifting more from aspiration to a practical approach which is feasible. He added further.
It is a hope that must be tempered with realism: H.I.V. is a wily adversary, and scientists and patients living with the virus are all too well acquainted with past failures in the fight against the epidemic.