Timothy Ray Brown, the first person to be cured of HIV, has died of cancer at the age of 54.

The deceased who was popularly known as the “Berlin Patient”, died on Tuesday, September 29, after battling with recurrent leukaemia for several months.

Mr Bijan Farnoudi, the Communication and Public Affairs Director, International AIDS Society (IAS), disclosed his death in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday, September 30.

The statement read, “Brown made medical history when he became the first person to be cured of HIV in 2008, after undergoing a complex stem cell transplant for lymphoma. For the past six months, he had been living with a recurrence of the leukaemia that had entered his spine and brain. He had remained HIV-free. On behalf of all its members and the Governing Council, the IAS sends its condolences to Timothy’s partner, his family and friends. He was living with HIV and with acute myeloid leukaemia, and received a bone marrow transplant in Berlin, Germany, in 2007.

The statement added, “Timothy stopped antiretroviral therapy, ART, soon after the transplant and he remained free of any detectable virus. In other words, he was cured. His experience suggested that HIV might one day be curable. We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Hütter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible.”

 

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