Hope for AIDS patients in KENYA as second person in United Kingdom is cured of the deadly virus – he is HIV free

Tuesday March 5, 2019-Scientists in United Kingdom have announced that a patient have been cured of infection with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.

The news comes nearly 12 years to the day after the first patient known to be cured, a feat that researchers have long tried, and failed, to duplicate.

The surprise success now confirms that a cure for H.I.V. infection is possible, if difficult, researchers said.

“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.

Both milestones resulted from bone-marrow transplants given to infected patients. But the transplants were intended to treat cancer in the patients, not H.I.V.

Bone-marrow transplantation is unlikely to be a realistic treatment option in the near future.

Powerful drugs are now available to control H.I.V. infection, while the transplants are risky, with harsh side effects that can last for years.

This is good news to aids patients in the country who are more than 2 million.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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