SAN FRANCISCO – Several scientific journals are calling Timothy Ray Brown the first man cured of AIDS. Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1996 but now the virus has been completely removed from his body thanks to stem cells. CBS San Francisco reports:
“I’m cured of HIV. I had HIV but I don’t anymore,” he said, using words that many in the scientific community are cautiously clinging to.
Scientists said Brown received stem cells from a donor who was immune to HIV. In fact, about one percent of Caucasians are immune to HIV. Some researchers think the immunity gene goes back to the Great Plague: people who survived the plague passed their immunity down and their heirs have it today.