A second patient has been cured of HIV following a stem cell transplant. It is estimated that nearly 40 million individuals are presently living with HIV around the world. Currently, the standard of care involves treating patients with anti-retroviral drugs, which keep the virus from spreading to healthy cells in the body. However, there have now been two case studies where patients received a stem cell transplant that completely eradicated the virus from the body. The stem cells came from donors with a mutation in the gene that the HIV virus normally uses to gain access to the body’s immune cells and destroy them. The mutation prevented the virus from penetrating the newly transplanted stem cells thus enabling the patients to re-established a healthy immune system.
The experience and knowledge gathered from this study could pave the way for future treatments using autologous (the patient’s own) stem cells and CRISPR - a gene editing technology, to implement the genes that allow for HIV resistance in all patients suffering from the disease. Such an approach would eliminate the need to find a matching donor with the rare mutation thereby making the treatment available to a greater number of individuals with HIV.
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