‘Düsseldorf Patient’ Cured of HIV in Germany After Stem Cell Transplant

A 53-year-old man has become the third patient ever to be completely cured of HIV after receiving stem cell transplantation, German researchers have announced.

The so-called “Düsseldorf patient”—who was diagnosed with HIV in 2008—had received the transplantation in 2013 to treat a life-threatening form of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, according to a paper published in the journal Nature.

“After four years of systematic observation: Düsseldorf University Hospital can now provide qualified proof of one of the world’s first cases in which an HIV infection has been cured,” the researchers said in a statement issued on Monday.

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