Promise of Cord Blood Transplants in Treating AIDS

by | Oct 5, 2022 | HIV Then & Now Quiz, Public Health, Research | 0 comments

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A woman appears to be cured of HIV after an Umbilical-Cord blood transplant, the Wallstreet Journal reported. What are the implications?

This case study of a woman with HIV who underwent an umbilical-cord blood transplant offers new hope for a cure for the disease. The patient is the third person ever to be cured of HIV. The first was Timothy Ray Brown, who also had a bone marrow transplant in 2007. The second is known only as the “London Patient.”

In a BioSpace.com article, they review the report from Yvonne Bryson the researcher reporting results. In a press conference, Bryson said, “Today, we reported the third known case of HIV remission and the first woman following a stem cell transplant and using HIV-resistant cells.” 

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What are cord blood transplants?

Cord blood transplants are new and promising. They may be used for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. They are already being used to treat other diseases, such as leukemia and sickle cell disease. And while cord blood transplants are not without risk, they are considered to be safer than traditional bone marrow transplants. Despite their success, stem cell transplants are not likely to be widely used as a treatment for otherwise healthy people living with HIV.

The Wallstreet Journal posted a story Wall Street Journal articlePeople Magazine reported the story of HIV remission and umbilical cord blood. 

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How blood transplants could be used to treat HIV/AIDS

Currently, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. However, stem cell research is providing new hope for those suffering from the disease. Cord blood transplants may someday offer a promising option for HIV/AIDS.

While this is an exciting development, it is important to note that cord blood transplants are still in the early stages of research. More studies are needed to confirm their efficacy in treating HIV/AIDS. However, the potential implications of this research are enormous. Carlos del Rio, M.D., a professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, told The Washington Post, “This is critical science to eventually get us to a cure. If cord blood transplants can be used to cure HIV/AIDS, it would represent a major breakthrough in the fight against this disease. 

References

1. Woman cured of HIV after stem cell transplant 

2. What are cord blood transplants?

3. Cord blood transplants: new hope for HIV/aids patients 

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