A New York patient has reportedly cured of the dreaded HIV.
According to reports, the woman whose name remains anonymous becomes the first female to be cured of HIV.
The news broke out on Tuesday at a ‘Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections’, held virtually.
Candidreporters.com.gathred from NBC news that the patient received treatment at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in the US.
She was said to have been diagnosed with HIV in 2013, while she was confirmed to have leukemia in 2017.
The treatment, said to involve use of blood drawn from the umbilical cord, also focuses on improving the immune system.
“The procedure used to treat the New York patient, known as a haplo-cord transplant, was developed by the Weill Cornell team to expand cancer treatment options for people with blood malignancies who lack HLA-identical donors,” the NBC news report reads.
“First, the cancer patient receives a transplant of umbilical cord blood, which contains stem cells that amount to a powerful nascent immune system. A day later, they receive a larger graft of adult stem cells. The adult stem cells flourish rapidly, but over time they are entirely replaced by cord blood cells.”
Meanwhile, according to the New York Times, although the researchers say they are still monitoring the process, the woman is said to have stopped treatment since October 2021, and has shown signs of improvement.
Prior to the latest case, two other men were said to have been cured of HIV.