Two More Men With HIV Seemingly Cured

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Gahars, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    Having cancer is awful. Being HIV positive is awful. Having cancer and HIV? Now that is just a double whammy of tragedy.

    However, two HIV positive men with cancer seem to have gotten something of a lucky break. After receiving bone marrow transplants, scientists have been unable to detect any traces of HIV in their bodies. And this isn't a recent thing, either; they've been checking for two years.

    [​IMG] MSNBC

    By the way, that Berlin patient? He's been HIV free for five years. So yeah, that's pretty encouraging.

    As the article mentions, it's far too soon to call this method a perfect cure for HIV. 3 people a be all, end all cure does not make, after all. A whole lot more testing needs to be done, and it take a while before we can be sure that this is permanent. Surprise side effects could always be discovered as well.

    Still, this offers at least a glimmer of hope. Whatever happens next, I believe that this brings us just a little bit closer to dealing with the problem for good.

    *Insert "I'm not sure, I'm HIV positive!" joke here*
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  2. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

    Oct 25, 2009
    After Earth
    Awesome, now I can go have sex without having to think about the consequences.

    Seriously though, I hope this leads to a cure. Oddly enough, I just finished watching a documentary about HIV on Frontline.
  3. SixSenseEagle

    SixSenseEagle Newbie

    Just think how many people will be at their doctor if there is a cure and I Know its gonna cost a lot of money, but I just hope it comes true in the Future because people who have been living with this for a while will have a second chance at life IF they get cured or they have enough money and this time there gonna have to think before they act like wear protection for now on (Hey I'm just speaking the truth).
  4. BORTZ

    BORTZ "I'm the captain now"

    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    seriously i read every article you post, Gahars.
    You should paraphrase more science things so i can read them :3
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  5. Tom Bombadildo

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    Jul 11, 2009
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    I forgot
    For those getting all "OH LAWDY SOON EVERYONE CAN BE CURED OF AIDS!" The average cost of a bone marrow transplant is like...$10,000-$25,000 in the US without insurance, and even then this definitely couldn't cure everyone anyways. According to the article, the men had some unusual genetic mutation that doctors think aided their "cure".

    EDIT: Don't get me wrong, though, this is amazing. We're learning more and more about the disease and how to cure it, and this is one big step in the right direction.
  6. naved.islam14

    naved.islam14 Gbatemp's Official Dark Knight™

    Sep 12, 2009
    The joke could be "Be positive, but not HIV positive".
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  7. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    very interesting. seems like programming where u poke and suddenly it works correctly without us knowing. I have heard most medicines were created by mistake or unintentionally.

    PS - Gahars for best poster award
  8. giavol

    giavol GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    awesome when i´ll be 60 i am going to be able to have sex with no protection
  9. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    You beat me at my own game, sir.
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  10. DragorianSword

    DragorianSword GBAtemp's #1 Gunter

    Oct 31, 2008
    Well that's pretty good news!
    I hope that this is the cure they are looking for, because HIV really is a major problem.
  11. yuyuyup

    yuyuyup GBAtemp Psycho!

    Apr 30, 2006
    United States
    USA MTN timezone
    I think Chris Rock woulda been correct if AIDS had immediate marketable symptoms, but since it doesn't, I guess docs would rather have people stick around to buy anti-depressants, cholesterol pills, sleep pills, etc. But congrats to whoever for whatever cause AIDS is a dick.
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  12. imz

    imz GBAtemp's vigilante

    Nov 6, 2007
    Gotham city
    *insert I Am Legend joke here*
  13. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolfdog™ Kneel before the Queen

    Sep 13, 2009
    Between insane and insecure
    This is quite interesting news.
    I hope one day we see a world when HIV and AIDS are just a ugly memories.
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  14. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

    May 7, 2010
    United States
    I hate to be so HIV negative, but the joke is "I'm/we're not just sure, I'm/we're HIV positive" and it's from South Park.
  15. omgpwn666

    omgpwn666 Guy gamer and proud!

    Jun 14, 2008
    United States
    That's some good news. If I had HIV I would be hoping for a cure so bad, so maybe HIV positive people can finally go on with their lives without needing to take horse pills every couple of hours.
  16. C-Kronos

    C-Kronos GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 11, 2010
    United States
    While this is interesting news, it isn't a break through at all.. Less than 1% of the Caucasian population is immune to the HIV virus, so the people that had the bone marrow transplants happened to have gotten them from someone who was immune. Your bone marrow is responsible for creating white blood cells, so the bone marrow from the donors created white blood cells that annihilated the virus in the patients.

    It would be painstaking and nearly impossible to narrow down all who is immune to the virus to fine donors to administer such a cure, that's why medical researchers are so cautious to dub this method as a cure.. Maybe they should focus on stem cell research and over time figure out how to grow bone marrow cells that were originally from patients whom are immune.

    However, if geneticists can pinpoint the exact genetic sequence, perhaps they can come up with a method to screen for the immunity. The best way to go about this would be to screen every infant at birth, that way it would eventually lead to a comprehensive database of potential donors for a cure for future generations.

    Question: Does anyone know if this is limited to those of a particular blood type? Are all three people whom have been seemingly cured of the virus the same blood type?
  17. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

    May 7, 2010
    United States
    I do not think they all shared the same blood type. From what I understand, blood type is determined by red blood cells and their proteins.
    The HIV virus uses a protein on white blood cells to enter the cell, the people who seem to be "immune" to the virus seem to lack this protein on their white blood cells so the virus doesn't infect the cell, however It's still possible for them to transfer the virus to other people.
  18. KingVamp

    KingVamp Great... AETHER!

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    You are in a very small few, if not the only one. :tpi:
  19. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

    May 7, 2010
    United States
    I'm just gonna go ahead and assume you didn't watch the video
  20. Pleng

    Pleng GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Sep 14, 2011
    The thing is, with further research they may be able to synthesize whatever effect the bone marrow transplant had.

    The trouble if they do find a cure for HIV or AIDS, though, is that as everybody goes "whoo-hoooo" and 'parties' to celebrate, all the B-List STDS are going to seize their chance to spread around. Not to mention the population crisis caused by the amount of new pregnancies, the other 'side effect' of unprotected sex that we all like to forget about!