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Bone Marrow Transplant Eliminates Signs of HIV Infection

Their cases were presented on July 26 at the International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, D.C.

One patient's bone marrow transplant occurred 2 years ago; the other was 4 years ago. Both were performed at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center. Over time, as the patients' cells were replaced by donor cells, traces of HIV were lost. Currently, both patients have no detectable HIV DNA or RNA in their blood. The level of HIV antibody, a measure of exposure to HIV, also declined in both men.

The researchers plan to study additional HIV-positive patients who have undergone a bone marrow transplant.

For more information, visit the Brigham and Women's Hospital Web site.

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