A Man Cured of AIDS

Friday, November 21, 2008

A man in Germany was unexpectedly cured of AIDS. Nobel Prize winning biologist Dr. David Baltimore explains how it happened and what it means in the search for a cure.


David Baltimore

Comments [13]

Sandra from NY, USA

Let's remember that AIDS is not the virus but the diagnosis of multiple symptoms...HIV (is the virus) plus one or more opportunistic infections. Someone can have HIV and PCP Pneumonia and be given the diagnosis of AIDS. That same person can be treated for pneumonia and no longer have pneumonia but will still have HIV.

Mar. 03 2009 08:29 AM
Joshua from chicago,IL

I enjoyed listening to the doctor. However, he seemed a bit limited in knowledge dealing with genes and HIV. Don't get me wrong, he is a noble prize winner in his efforts and research in the issue of AIDs which i applaud. however, i would like for him to mention the gene's name ( CCR5 deletion) I would also liked for him to mention the presences of CCR5 in Asian populations like the Koreans (CC-CKR-5 gene) nor the reason by behind the Kenyan sex workers who were no doubt exposed to to HIV but yet hasn't gotten it infected yet.

thank you

Feb. 25 2009 11:22 PM
Arsenio from Newark NJ USA

The path to cure of AIDS and other illnesses is thru Autohemotherapy (non-ozonated). But don't let the pharma companies read this because of the monetary obvious reasons.

Dec. 30 2008 07:08 PM
Barry from Mexico City

The big error of this claim is that no one has proven how the German was established to be HIV+ in the first place. I don’t see how anything can be proven scientifically by radio.

Nov. 23 2008 08:25 PM
Lawrence from Fort Lee, NJ

The discussion mentions how 10% of scandinavians and some germans have the anti-HIV gene unlike the rest of caucasians. I believe that a hypothesis surmised by BBC might have the answer. The romans killed off and assimilated people who might have had the gene with their own non-anti-HIV genes. Here is the article.


Nov. 21 2008 12:49 PM
tom from NJ

There is a NJ company, Energex Systems, ( that makes a device that can actually treat any pathogen in the blood, including HIV.

Clinical trials begin soon.

Its a much simpler process.

Nov. 21 2008 12:31 PM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

At least he cares. I hope he has found the cure and wish him much success.

Nov. 21 2008 10:54 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Tony, "Evolutionary trade off?" Sickle Cell Anemia and Malaria? Why not Lou Gherigs Disease too?

Nov. 21 2008 10:52 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

Are there any consequences to deactivating the creation of this protein? Conceivably, there is a trade off in evolutionary terms, a bit the same way with sickle cell anemia and malaria? Why humans have not evolved to be resistant to this?

PS: What do you think of our new president Chameau?

Nov. 21 2008 10:50 AM
Guy from Manhattan

Is there a way to get tested for this AIDS resistance possibly as an incentive to donate marrow?

Nov. 21 2008 10:49 AM
Scott Smith from Manhattan

How viable would gene therapy be for applying this cure?

Nov. 21 2008 10:49 AM
Tom from Toronto

I can see the super-rich going this route. Scary implications.

Nov. 21 2008 10:47 AM
Robert from NYC

Let's not get hopes up too much. First of all it involved replacing bone marrow which most insurance companies won't cover secondly it is extremely expensive procedure and finally it is a complicated procedure and can you imagine performing it on the millions who have AIDS!? Well, I'd like to think it would be done but being realistic I don't think so.

Nov. 21 2008 10:08 AM

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