A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no signs of it for more than a year since he stopped taking HIV medications after intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging the hidden and latent virus from his body, the researchers reported. doctors on Tuesday.
The case needs independent verification and it’s too early to speculate on a possible cure, the scientists cautioned.
“These are exciting findings but they are very preliminary,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. “This has happened to one person, and to only one person,” and was unsuccessful for four others who received the same treatment, he said.
If the case of the Brazilian man is confirmed, it would be the first time that HIV is eliminated in an adult without a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Independent experts want to see if his remission lasts and the intense combination of drugs he received to undergo further testing.
“I am very touched because it is something that millions of people want,” said the 35-year-old man, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition that his name not be published. “It is a gift of life, a second chance to live.”
“People can stay protected without taking a pill every day,” he said. “You have a chance and you don’t have to do anything for two months. That is incredibly powerful.”