The international media has reported that doctors in Berlin believe they have found a cure for leukemia and HIV.
The doctors who were reportedly working with an American patient with both HIV and leukemia, have made the announcement in a peer-reviewed journal. It would be the first time an HIV patient has been cured.
However, experts have warned that years of work remain before the treatment could lead to a general therapy against HIV.
“’Cured’ is a strong word. But this is very encouraging. From all indications, there was no residual virus. It’s as good an outcome as one could hope,” co-director of the Harvard University Stem Cell Institute Dr. David Scadden has been quoted in the Montreal Gazette.
“I would call this a functional cure,” Dr. Margaret Fischl, pioneering AIDS researcher at the University of Miami has said.