Stem cell procedure keeps woman HIV-free for four years

Recently, at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, an American research group presented the latest advancement in disease studies: A patient with acute myeloid leukemia was cured of human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as HIV.

HIV emerged in the 1980s and has since claimed millions of lives. The virus attacks the body’s immune system, making a person more vulnerable to other diseases. It can only be spread through contact with bodily fluids from a person who has HIV. HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, if left untreated.

The cured 64-year-old woman was treated
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