A Brazilian 34-year-old male patient diagnosed with HIV has gone into long-term remission after treatment with pharmaceutical drugs alone. This curing possibility is boosting the hope of millions confronting the virus.
The Sao Paolo patient was prescribed an intense dose of AIDS medicines. Being the first case of a HIV patient going into remission following pharmaceutical treatment, the doctors assumed the risk of a worse condition. Fortunately, he seems cured of the virus and feeling better than ever.
The cocktail of AIDS medicines includes antiretrovirals, plus a drug called nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3.
Dr. Ricardo Diaz of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil told The Telegraph: ‘We can’t search the entire body, but by the best evidence, we do not have infected cells. I think it’s very promising. This patient might be cured.’
He isn’t the first one believed to be cured. Two other people who underwent high-risk bone marrow transplants are believed to have been cured of HIV.