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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