‘Berlin patient’ says he is still HIV-free – Yahoo! News.
EUTERS – Timothy Brown, also known as “The Berlin Patient,” smiles during a news conference held by the World AIDS Institute in Washington July 24, 2012. Brown is thought to be the first patient ever to be cured from the virus
A cure for the complete eradication of AIDS is not too far off if not actually already available in labs. It’s a virus, and just like any other virus it can be defeated. It’s only a matter of time. At any rate Big Pharmaceutical companies would love to keep having repeat customers as opposed to curing them.
Timothy Ray Brown, who is believed to be the first person to have ever been cured of HIV, had a message for the room of scientists, advocates, and journalists who’d gathered to hear him speak at the International AIDS conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
His message: He is still free of the virus that causes AIDS.
“Let me be clear. I am HIV-negative,” Brown told a news conference.
Brown, famously known as “the Berlin patient,” responded directly to a controversy that arose recently when tissue samples from his blood cells, plasma, and rectum showed evidence of HIV when tested.
Steven Yuki at the University of California, San Francisco, and one of the scientists who’d tested Brown’s samples, expressed doubts during a June 8 talk at the International Workshop on HIV and Hepatitis Virus in Sitges, Spain.
“There are some signals of the virus, and we don’t know if they are real or contamination,” Yuki said in June, “and, at this point, we can’t say for sure whether there’s been complete eradication of HIV.”