By using transplants of cord blood of individuals with a genetic resistance to HIV, the Spanish medical professionals believe they can treat the virus, after verifying the success of the procedure with a single patient.
A 37-year-old from Barcelona, who had been infected with the HIV virus in 2009, was cured of the disease after receiving a transplant of blood.
Although unfortunately the man later died of cancer just three years later, after developing lymphoma, Spanish medical team is being greatly encouraged by what it believes is a breakthrough in the fight against HIV and related diseases, according to Spanish news source of the world.
Barcelona Doctors initially tried the technique that uses the precedent of Timothy Brown, an HIV patient who developed leukemia before receiving experimental treatment in Berlin, the Spanish news site reported local. Brown was given bone marrow from a donor carrying the HIV resistance mutation. After cancer treatment, the HIV virus was gone.