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Patient becomes the fifth and oldest ever to be ‘cured’ of HIV

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A gay man who has lived with HIV since the 1980s has become only the fifth ever person to be cured of HIV, according to doctors.

The 66-year-old, who does not want to be identified, was given a bone marrow transplant to treat blood cancer leukaemia from a donor who was naturally resistant to the virus.

Doctors say the individual, who has stopped taking antiretroviral HIV medication, has now been in remission for 17 months. Now being referred to as ‘the City of Hope patient’ – named after the Californian hospital he was treated in – the man said he was “beyond grateful” the virus could no longer be found in his body. “When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, like many others, I thought it was a death sentence. “I never thought I would live to see the day that I no longer have HIV,” the patient said in a statement. ‘The City of Hope patient’ was initially given the therapy, not for his HIV, but because he developed the leukaemia at the age of 63.

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