A London man has become the second patient to be cured of HIV as confirmed in a new report published on Tuesday March 10, in the journal The Lancet HIV.
The man formerly known as the “London Patient”, went public with his identity and has revealed his name as Adam Castillejo. He is said to be originally from Venezuela. Mr Castillejo was not cured by HIV drugs but by a stem-cell treatment he received for a cancer he also had.
He was reportedly diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and had been on medication to keep the disease in check since 2012. He was also diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a deadly cancer), hence why he underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2016.
Last year, researchers reported that Castillejo had experienced “long-term remission” from the virus after undergoing a special bone-marrow transplant. At that time, Castillejo had been HIV-free for 18 months. Now 12 months later, his doctors are more sure that his case does indeed represent a cure.
Ravindra Kumar Gupta, a professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge and lead author of the study disclosed that there is no detectable active HIV infection in his blood, semen or tissues.
Gupta told BBC news;
“This represents HIV cure with almost certainty.
“We have now had two and a half years with anti-retroviral-free remission.
“Our findings show that the success of stem-cell transplantation as a cure for HIV, first reported nine years ago in the Berlin Patient, can be replicated.”
Gupta further explained that the 40-year-old man’s treatment for blood cancer was a “last resort” as he would have been killed him without intervention.
“It is important to note that this curative treatment is high-risk and only used as a last resort for patients with HIV who also have life-threatening haematological malignancies.
“Therefore, this is not a treatment that would be offered widely to patients with HIV who are on successful anti-retroviral treatment.”
Researchers revealed that the stem-cell transplants appear to stop the virus from being able to replicate inside the body by replacing the patient’s own immune cells with donor ones that resist HIV infection.
The first patient to be cured of HIV is Timothy Brown, also known as the “Berlin patient”. He received a similar bone-marrow transplant in 2007 and has been HIV-free for more than a decade.
Researchers cautioned that the breakthrough did not constitute a generalised cure for HIV which leads to nearly one million deaths every year. According to them, Castillejo and Brown needed the transplants to treat cancer and not HIV.
Though no active viral infection was found in Castillejo’s body, “remnants” of HIV’s DNA were found in some cells after a medical test was conducted. But the authors said these traces of DNA can be thought of as “fossils,” because they are unlikely to allow the virus to replicate.
Researchers are currently weighing up whether or not patients suffering from drug-resistant forms of HIV might be eligible for stem cell transplants in future, something Gupta said would require careful ethical consideration.
“You’d have to weigh up the fact that there’s a 10-percent mortality rate from doing a stem-cell transplant against what the risk of death would be if we did nothing.”
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Lady Narrates How She Escaped Getting Failed By Lecturer Who Wanted to Sleep With Her
A Nigerian lady has narrated her experience with a lecturer who ‘threatened to fail her in his course if she fails to meet him in a hotel’.
According to @_Faves, the lecturer threatened to make sure she returned for an extra year in school after she refused giving in to his demand for sex following their meeting in a hotel.
The Twitter user who revealed that she got same threats on her exam day, said the lecturer was unable to grade her exam as he got suspended and handed over to another lecturer in the school.
I’ll never forget the day a lecturer threatened to fail me if I did not meet him in a hotel in school. I was so afraid, so I planned with my twin to put my phone on recording. I took a backup phone just in case and started recording immediately
I got to his door. The man was like; “I’m not saying I want to fuck o, but you will be my baby girl. I like your shape, your breast, your height. You need to be taken care of and maybe when you finish school, we will marry.” Were was already planning future with me.
He told me to sit, I sat on the chair, he came close on another chair and held my hand. All this while, he was reducing his dialogue and I did not know why. Later, he said; “where is your phone,” I said it’s in my bag. He took the bag and put it in the wardrobe and closed it.
Were. Like he had done it before. Then he started touching my thighs. I wore denim on denim, so if he even wanted to rape me, it will give him stress. Idiot that said he is not having sex o, said he wants to see how big my breasts are. I should undress. Omo, I don dey shake.
I told him that i don’t want to do it and the next thing he said was; “maybe when you have extra year, you’ll change your mind.” Lmaooooo. I now told him that I cannot do anything without being drunk.
Ode, his prick was already rising. He ordered for Smirnoff Ice, but no one answered the call, so he went out of the room himself. Omo, I went to pick my bag; found out that he put clothes on it. I just sprinted out of the room. I had already put my mind that I will fail that semester. He even reminded me on Exam day. Lol… we sha wrote exam finish
There was a previous riot in the school and some lecturers who were part of ASUU protested, so the VC suspended them. This mad man was among. So, another person marked his paper. I got 67 B in the course… lol…. God saved me sha.
Dortmund ‘Requested Greenwood To Be Part Of Any Deal To Sell Sancho’
Borussia Dortmund tried to include a deal for Mason Greenwood in discussions to sell Jadon Sancho to Manchester United according to ESPN.
The Bundesliga side wanted Greenwood last summer but a deal never materialized with the youngster signing a long-term contract at Old Trafford.
United refused to sell one of their future stars and as a result transfer talks collapsed.
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