Archive for March 6, 2019

Professor Sarah Fidler interviewed about HIV cure

Tuesday, 5th March 2019 – PRI’s The World

“A second HIV patient is now in remission, and researchers say a cure is underway. Host Marco Werman talks with professor Sarah Fidler about why people still support prevention as treatment.”

Link to the interview on PRI.org

Link to interview transcript on PRI.org

The London Patient – ‘London patient becomes second adult to be cleared of HIV’

Tuesday, 5th March 2019 – The Guardian

HIV virus

“Tests show no trace of man’s previous infection after stem cells donation”

“A man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of HIV after he received a bone marrow transplant from a virus-resistant donor, his doctors said.

Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the man’s previous HIV infection.

“There is no virus there that we can measure. We can’t detect anything,” said Ravindra Gupta, a professor and HIV biologist who co-led a team of doctors treating the man. He described his patient as “functionally cured” and “in remission”, but cautioned: “It’s too early to say he’s cured.”

The man is being called “the London patient”, in part because his case is similar to the first known case of a functional cure of HIV, “the Berlin patient” – American Timothy Brown, who underwent similar treatment in Germany in 2007 which also cleared his HIV. He is still HIV-free.”

Professor Ravindra Gupta of Cambridge University (previously of University College London), is part of the CHERUB Collaboration.

Read the full article in The Guardian.

Read about the research on the Cambridge University website.