June 6, 2011 12:53 AM Subscribe
Is AIDS (or HIV) been...cured? What?
posted by hal_c_on to science & nature (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'd appreciate it if SCIENTISTS would weigh in on this, as I'm not sure if what the news is picking up on is legit or not.
The "Berlin" guy had HIV. He was given a bone marrow transplant in 2007. The news is telling me that he received the bone marrow transplant from someone who was resistant to HIV. Apparently 1% of caucasians are resistant.
So now the virus isn't replicating and there are no signs of it.
What? Is this for real?
If it is...is this a REAL solution, or just a very very specific cure. I don't have a background in medicine, but it seems like one would need to be compatible to the 1% resistant caucasians in order to get this done.
I have heard of research being carried out in areas of Africa where they found certain prostitutes being resistant to HIV. So would this apply to people who are eligible (compatible) with those certain people as well?
Or is this like telephone and the last people to hear it are the fourth estate and they're all "cure for cancer, cure for aids, make a brother wanna stay on tour for days..."?
Any scientists willing to weigh in