London man becomes 2nd known man cleared of HIV

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Added On March 7, 2019

A London patient has become the second known man worldwide to be cleared of HIV after a bone marrow transplant three years ago. 
 
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General, on Tuesday announced that the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is greatly encouraged by the result, reported at a conference in Seattle. 
 
SOUNDBITE (English) STEPHANE DUJARRIC, Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General
 
"The man was treated in London for Hodgkin's lymphoma using stem cell transplants from a donor carrying a rare genetic mutation. The virus has been undetectable since he stopped taking anti-retroviral medicine 18 months ago."
 
Dujarric said it is one of only two cases of reported functional cures for HIV. The first such case was a Berlin patient, who received similar treatment for cancer in 2007. 
SOUNDBITE (English) STEPHANE DUJARRIC, Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General 
 
"Michel Sidibe, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, said the breakthrough gives us great hope for the future, but also shows how far we are from the point of ending AIDS with science, as well as the absolute importance to continue to focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts."