Has another person been cured of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS? Appears that way–for just the second time since the global epidemic began. We learned a few days ago that a man in the UK, identified only as the “London patient,” has been in long-term remission from HIV-1, following a bone marrow transplant intended to treat cancer. This news comes almost 12 years to the day when a person referred to as the “Berlin patient” was reportedly cured of HIV using a similar method. Doctors say the surprise success is inspirational–it confirms that a cure, while “difficult,” is “reachable.”

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