Moral Low Ground



Last December, we brought you the stunning story of an HIV-positive man cured of his infection by a stem cell and bone marrow transplant back in 2008. The man, 45-year-old Timothy Ray Brown of San Francisco, California; known as “the Berlin patient”  because he was treated by Dr. Gero Hutter of Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin in Germany, is the first human in history to be cured of AIDS. Brown received his transplants from an individual who is among the tiny number of people who are immune to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Not only has Brown been cured of AIDS, he is amazingly also leukemia-free.

Doctors still don’t know exactly what element of Brown’s treatment cured him, but Raw Story reports that clinical trials will begin sometime next year. In our original post on, we cautioned that what cured Brown won’t work for everyone. The transplant procedure is very dangerous; 1/3 of patients actually die from it.

Still, this is great news in the fight against a disease which has been striking down young adults in the prime of their lives for thirty years now.

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