68-year-old man with HIV and blood cancer is cured of both diseases

Paul Edmonds’ story is truly inspiring: At 68, this California man is about to be declared cured of HIV and blood cancer.

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Edmonds was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. at a time when the virus was often considered a death sentence.

Despite losing many friends to the virus, Edmonds moved on and lived happily married to his husband. However, In 2018, his life took a turn when he was diagnosed with leukemia.

Edmonds was treated with stem cell therapy, a treatment that replaces damaged stem cells with healthy cells from a donor. In his case, doctors took the opportunity to find a donor with an HIV-resistant gene mutation.

After receiving the stem cell transplant, Edmonds stopped taking his HIV medications and to date no trace of the virus has been detected in his body.

This story highlights significant advances in the treatment of HIV and blood cancers and gives hope to those battling these diseases.

Edmonds is one of only five patients who have managed to beat both diseases Thanks to this treatment.

“I’m extremely grateful … I can’t thank them enough,” Edmonds said of his doctors at the City of Hope clinic in California.

Stem cells are special human cells with the ability to develop into many different cell types. like muscle cells or brain cells.

Healthy blood-forming stem cells from a donor with similar genes are transplanted into the patientwhich means they can start producing cancer-free blood.

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You can also read: In the face of childhood leukemia: Stem cells as a therapeutic alternative

This case, reported in the journal Nature, is considered a milestone in medical research and could open new doors in the treatment of these diseases.

This man’s story is a reminder of the potential of medicine and science to make significant advances in human health.

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