CBS News correspondent Hank Plante, with San Francisco affiliate KCBS, reports that 45-year-old Timothy Ray Brown, now living in the Bay Area, tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but now has entered the scientific journals as the first man in world history to have his HIV completely eliminated from his body. It’s what doctors call a “functional cure.”
He was living in Berlin, Germany, in 2007, dealing with HIV and leukemia, when scientists there gave him a bone marrow, stem cell transplant that had astounding results.
“I quit taking my HIV medication on the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since,” Brown says, adding that his diseases are effectively gone.
In fact, his only medical problem these days is one involving his speech and motor skills because of neurological damage after the treatment, but that’s getting better.
“The Berlin Patient,” as Brown is known, received stem cells from a donor who was immune to HIV. In fact, about one percent of Caucasians are immune to HIV. Some say it goes back to the Great Plague; People who survived the plague developed an immunity, and that immunity was passed down to their heirs today.
Interesting. Not to be a buzzkill or anything, but something here seems too good to be true.