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Stem Cell Transplant Shows Success at HIV Remission in Fourth Patient 

August 3, 2022 by Alexa Hornbeck
A tray of stem cells at the University of Connecticut's Stem Cell Institute at the UConn Health Center on August 27, 2010, in Farmington, Conn. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

One of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States, known as City of Hope, announced on July 27 that a fourth patient, who has the longest diagnosis of HIV yet, has gone into remission after receiving a blood stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation. 

The 66-year-old man was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and took an antiretroviral therapy for over 30 years.

It’s been three years following his stem cell transplant, but the man has now been in remission of the virus for over 17 months and is able to stop taking the antiretroviral therapy.

According to physicians from City of Hope, the patient has a high risk for relapsing from acute myeloid leukemia, making his remission even more remarkable. 

Alexa can be reached at alexa@thewellnews.com

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