Argentine 30-year-old woman self-heals AIDS: Second case in human history

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

A case has been reported in which a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was cured without treatment such as bone marrow transplantation. This is the second case in human history.

According to CNN on November 16, a 30-year-old woman in Argentina who was diagnosed with HIV in 2013 did not have viable HIV in her body as a result of blood and tissue tests eight years later.

Dr. Xu Yu’s team at the Ragon Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital published this case in the Journal of the American Academy of Internal Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine. โ€œThis female patient was judged to be a sterilizing cure that completely eradicated HIV on her own without any treatment. This supports the possibility that one day HIV can be cured.โ€

The female patient, who was diagnosed with HIV in March 2013, did not begin antiretroviral treatment until 2019, after which she gave birth to a healthy HIV-negative child.

This is the second case of self-healing without other treatment such as bone marrow transplantation or stem cell transplantation.

“Our study shows that these therapies can be reached even during spontaneous infection without bone marrow transplantation,” the researchers said.

Meanwhile, there are about 38 million people living with AIDS worldwide, and about 690,000 people died from AIDS-related diseases last year.

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