For many years, AIDS has claimed the lives of many people around the world, but are we finally on the cusp of a new scientific discovery that may make it a curable disease? Recently, a woman recorded a complete recovery from AIDS, after undergoing stem cell therapy. Here are the details:
In a precedent that is the first of its kind, a woman has recently fully recovered from AIDS, after the patient underwent a stem cell treatment, which is considered one of the rare and dangerous treatments at the same time, a treatment that may not only fight AIDS but may also help fight cancer.
The patient, who was called the “New York patient”, had undergone the aforementioned treatment 4 years ago, with the aim of fighting cancer and AIDS in her body, as the patient was infected with both diseases together, and the patient’s body responded to the treatment so that her cancer entered the stage of remission, and treatments were stopped. She had AIDS a few months ago, and the results recently showed that her body had fully recovered from the virus.
To verify the durability of the results, the patient was examined a year after she stopped receiving AIDS treatments, only to note that the virus had not reactivated in her body.
This case of recovery comes to become the fourth case of full recovery from AIDS around the world, where three cases of recovery from AIDS were previously recorded for men, but at the same time this case is the first case of recovery for a female, and scientists are currently following two cases of two women who seem to be on the verge of defeating AIDS by natural means. .
Details of the new treatment
The treatment that the woman underwent is a unique, uncommon and dangerous treatment. First, scientists are looking for a donor whose body contains rare genetic mutations capable of resisting the AIDS virus, but the people whose bodies contain such a mutation are a small group of people, and most of them live in areas Northern Europe.
After finding the donor, the patient undergoes a medical procedure known scientifically as (Haploidentical cord transplantation), during which a mixture of blood cells taken from the umbilical cord is transferred with bone marrow taken from the donor’s body.
Cord blood cells work to fight cancer, while bone marrow cells work to provide the patient’s body with stem cells, and this particular combination may enhance the effectiveness of treatment because adult bodies do not respond efficiently to cord blood treatments compared to children’s bodies.
The new treatment: promising but dangerous
Because of its high risk, which may reach the degree of death, experts often will not recommend this treatment to anyone with AIDS whose condition is under control, but researchers can recommend it to cancer patients whose disease may cause their condition to deteriorate in a way that may lead to inevitable death if the patient does not receive intervention Urgent medical care.
But this treatment could pave the way for new treatments that can be adopted for AIDS, and this is what the researchers hope.