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Cured HIV Patient Living in S.F.

Cured HIV Patient Living in S.F.

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Timothy Ray Brown, known internationally after his HIV seems to have been cured after receiving a stem cell transplant, said his only medical problem now is neurological and speech issues due to his treatment.

Brown, known as The Berlin Patient, tested positive for HIV nearly two decades ago, and then was diagnosed with leukemia. To treat his leukemia, he received a stem cell transplant from a person who happened to be immune to HIV (the donor is one of 1% of caucasians who are immune to the virus).

Dr. Jay Levy, one of the first discoverers of the virus, told CBS San Francisco that the breakthrough paves the road to "a functional cure."

After the discovery that Brown's HIV seems to be eradicated, scientists plan to begin clinical trials next year to evaluate the effectiveness of stem cell therapy.

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.