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A Cure for AIDS?

A Cure for AIDS?

Part of the First30Days change philosophy is that with every change, something good will come. At times this can seem impossible to believe, but it can come true in ways we'd never, ever expect.

Take the case of an unnamed 42-year-old male AIDS patient, who was later diagnosed with Leukemia that developed independently. How could this person ever find anything positive out of being diagnosed with two deadly diseases at once?

When his doctor began treating the Leukemia with a bone marrow transplant, it occurred to him that he might be able to use the same concept to treat the AIDS as well. They found a donor who possessed a gene mutation that prevents AIDS from developing. So far, the patient's blood tests appear negative for AIDS.

Is this the miracle cure we've all been waiting for? It could be. Is it a huge step in the right direction? Indubitably. The doctors say that this breakthrough will help to encourage researchers to put forth more efforts into studying gene therapy.

Whatever the outcome, this patient was probably at one of his lowest points when he received the second diagnosis. Now they could be playing an integral part in bettering and/or saving the lives of millions. [Associated Press]

Posted: 11/13/08
LauraLee311

Yes, I can't imagine receiving two potentially deadly diagnoses and trying to find a bright side. But it just goes to show: Everything happens for a reason, and this is definitely an amazing breakthrough for AIDS research.