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Is this the HIV cure we've been waiting for?

According to multiple reports, Harvard researchers Timothy Henrich and Daniel Kuritzkes have recently noted a surprising side-effect to cancer treatments performed on two separate patients who also happen to be HIV-positive.


After undergoing bone marrow transplants to treat cancers of the blood, both men were later discovered to have no trace of HIV left in their system.

Encouraged by the results, the patients have since stopped taking anti-HIV drug treatments. Seven weeks later (for one patient), and 15 weeks later (for the other), the virus has not returned. And while the researchers are hesitant to pronounce the men "cured" -- warning that there's still a risk the virus can resurface even months after initially disappearing -- they do cautiously concede that the patients are "doing very well."

First, do no harm
The doctors' caution is understandable for many reasons -- first and foremost is the fear of raising hopes that a cure may have been found for one of the world's most intractable diseases, only to have to dash that hope later.

Experts also warn that bone marrow transplant is a truly unpleasant experience -- and in many cases not a practical solution to HIV because of the cost and complexity of the procedure.

All that being said, the hope for a cure to HIV springs eternal, and in this case at least, even the fantastic cost of a bone marrow transplant operation may turn out to be a bargain relative to the cost of treating the disease over a lifetime.

When the treatment is worse than the cure
Consider: According to the National Institutes of Health, what this translates into for a patient living out the projected life expectancy of 24.2 years post-infection is a lifetime cost of up to $618,900 per adult.

That's the "good" news. The bad news is that other sources put the cost of treating an HIV infection at as much as $5,000 a month, with the bulk of the charges going to pay for drugs.

Should a patient beat the odds, and survive to live out a 50-year lifespan post-infection, that could add up to as much as $3 million in treatment costs. But what if we could cut that figure down by a factor of 15?

That's the far-off potential suggested by the Harvard transplant results. According to the American Cancer Society, an allogeneic bone marrow transplant from a donor can cost as much as $200,000. That's hardly cheap, but it's much cheaper than $3 million.

What does it mean to investors?
One industry for which "cheaper" does not necessarily mean "better," however, is big pharma, which makes big money under the current system of treating HIV until death.

This is money -- revenue streams -- that could be put at risk if an actual cure for the disease is (or has already been) discovered.

Major pharma names Bristol-Myers Squibb  and Merck , for example, each generated in excess of $1 billion from HIV-drug sales in 2010. Indeed, two Bristol-Myers drugs -- Reyataz and Sustiva, combined to produce $2.85 billion that year.

Gilead Sciences , reportedly holding a 40% market share in the HIV-drugs market, recorded $3.2 billion in sales of Atripla alone in 2011. HIV is also a multimillion-dollar market for heavyweights Johnson & Johnson  and Pfizer .

With doctors still insisting that "transplantation is not a viable option for people with HIV on a broad scale because of its costs and complexity," these revenue streams look safe for the time being. That said, the cases of the two patients, still HIV-free weeks after their transplants, promise a day perhaps not too far off, when this treatable disease does in fact become curable.

As Kevin Robert Frost, chief executive of The Foundation of AIDS Research, opines: "These new cases could lead us to new approaches to treating, and ultimately even eradicating, HIV."

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Martha Wayne

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January 20 2014 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vivie Loxton

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December 14 2013 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vivie Loxton

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December 14 2013 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Prince Endurance

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November 22 2013 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Prince Endurance

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November 22 2013 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Prince Endurance

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November 22 2013 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Thomas

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November 19 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a.loan@asylum.com

Am from CANADA, am here to give my testimony about how i got my HIV disease and how I was flew from it quickly after having on trust on my spell doctor who cured me immediately. Since the year I married to the man I did love because my parents false me to marry him, I have not been enjoying my relationship and sex life with him, he do spend time on his work and don’t have time for me sometimes, he do sleep at his work and also do carry women’s because he has the money to spent but doesn’t spend it on me. So I was so jealous to the extent that I can’t even control my anger and I decided to start cheating on him with my ex-boyfriend, because my husband do not always be at home expect on weekends, I have sex with him without protection, after some months been in love with my ex-boyfriend I was so sick and I decided to go to test and I found that I was HIV positive I feel so sad and was ashamed because I did know how to open up to my husband I hate before, my ex-boyfriend denied me and when my husband found about what was going on he divorced me and I was ill for good 3years I went to many places for solutions but there was no solutions. So one day I was asking GOOGLE some questions on how I can get a cure and how I can get some medications which I will be taking to my own surprise they brought one email out named DR.ABEGBESPELLHOME@HOTMAIL.COM that this powerful man can cured HIV, I did believe about the cure before but I took the email and searched it on GOOGLE and I found many good testimonies about him, people have been giving more testimonies about him so i contacted him about my situation, he told me all the procedures which I will take, And I did before I knew what was happening he called me and told me to go for an HIV test which i did and when the result was out I was HIV negative. Thanks to DR.ABEGBE now as I am giving this testimony I am now fully settle down with my husband now and we both loved ourselves, I give this testimony for people around that was in my shoes so that they can also be cured like me, so if you also need a solution also you can email him at DR.ABEGBESPELLHOME@HOTMAIL.COM

November 02 2013 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mariam Baurice

i am from canada, i am here to give my testimony how i was cured from hiv, i contacted my hiv through sharp object. a friend of my use blade to peel of her finger nails and drop it where she use it, so after she has left i did know what came unto me i looked at my nails, my nails were very long and i took the blade which she just used on her own nails to cut of my finger nails, as i was maintaining my names, i mistakenly injured my self. i did even bothered about it, so when i got to the hospital the next week when i was ill the doctor told me that i am hiv positive, i wondered where did i got it from so i remembered how i use my friend blade to cut off my hand so i feel so sad in my heart to the extent that i dont even know what to do, so one day i was surfing the internet i met a testimony of a lady that all talk about how she was cured by a doctor called DR.OLUBAM so i quickly emailed the doctor email, and he also replied to me and told me the requirements which i will provide and ki do according to his command, he called me the next day that i should go for a test which i did to my own surprise i found that i was hiv negative. thanks to him once more the great doctor that cured me DR. OLUBAM so you can also emailed him at DR.OLUBAMSPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM

October 29 2013 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mariam Baurice

i am so happy to be here to share my great testimony to the world about how i was flee from the bondage of hiv disease, i was diagnosed in the year 2010 since them i was feel uncomfortable because there was no way out for me to be cured, i have pass many ways many hospitals and many churches in this earth, but there was no one ton help me out until one day a friend of my told me that she saw many testimonies on internet when she was browsing, she told me how many peoples were giving testimonies about DR.OLUBAM that he has helped a lot of people in this earth, so i quickly told her that she should give me the site which she did and when i searched it on net i saw many testimonies about him myself so i contacted him, he give me some guidelines and also sent me some medications which i will be taking he told me that if i take the medications for two days i will get my cure, so after the two days i went to the hospital to test myself unbelievable the test was negative, i quickly called him and thanked him and also thats why am here to also say more good news about him. so you also can contact him at DR.OLUBAMSPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM THANKS.

October 29 2013 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply