A woman from Argentina may be the second person to be cured of HIV by her own immune system.
According to NBC News, a woman in Argentina is only the second person whose immune system may have cured her of HIV.
As a result, she’s now known as the “Esperanza patient,” after the town where she lives.
In English, Esperanza denotes “hope.”
Because of the stigma associated with HIV, the patient chose to remain anonymous, but she did speak with NBC News about her health.
“I enjoy being healthy,” she said via email to NBC News in Spanish.
“I come from a happy family.
I don’t have to take any medications, and I go about my daily life as if nothing has happened.
This is already a great honor.”
According to reports, the 30-year-old mother was diagnosed with HIV in 2013.
The authors of the study, which was published in Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday, said that the alleged cure could give hope to both HIV research and the 36 million people living with the virus around the world.
This could also provide hope to scientists working on an HIV cure.
Steven Deeks is not a participant in the research.
“Now we have to figure out the mechanisms,” he said, as an HIV cure researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.
“How does this happen, and how can we therapeutically recapitulate it in everyone?” Deeks continued.
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