Timothy Ray Brown is being called the first patient ever to essentially be cured of AIDS.
For more than a decade Brown, now known as "The Berlin Patient" for being treated in the city, was infected with HIV. But afer an experimental bone marrow transplant, containing cells that were known to be immune and resistant to HIV, doctors did not detect any HIV in his blood.
The patient also stopped taking antiretroviral medications, taken by HIV positive patients to control the immunosystem crippling virus. And as of December 2010, almost three years after the experimental surgery, Brown's blood stream still remained HIV-free.
"He has no replicating virus and he isn't taking any medication. And he will now probably never have any problems with HIV," said Timothy's doctor and oncologist, Gero Huetter, according to Reuters.
Brown had been suffering not only from HIV but from leukemia as well.
Although this news may have been extraordinary for Brown, many oncologists pointed out that bone marrow surgeries can indeed be lethal and that for Brown, doctor's didn't know about the outcomes when they started the procedure.
According to Yahoo! News, scientists stated that applying the same dangerous procedure to treat the 33.3 million HIV-infected patients was out of the question. But according to Dr. Jay Levy, who co-discovered the AIDS virus 30 years ago, this discovery does encourage further "cure, research."
AIDS has long been hailed of as a disease with no cure, with scientists being very careful to make new pronouncements regarding any newfound advancements in research. Brown's case, however, has proved to be a new light in the medical horizon inspiring scientists to test new ideas which in some cases have reaped success (For the success stories click here).