Dec 17, 2014 4:11 PM by News Staff
Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as "the Berlin patient" have failed, and all six patients died.
So far, a U.S. man treated in Germany remains the only person thought to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He also had leukemia, and had a bone marrow transplant from a donor with a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV. He has been free of HIV since.
The new cases are described in a research letter in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers say the transplant failures should not doom other efforts aimed at curing HIV infection.
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