The first person in the world to have been cured of the infection of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the American Timothy Brown, has affirmed that there could be a new patient similar to him in Seattle (United States), which, if confirmed, will be would add to a second already confirmed and a third under study.
He recalled that after his (which is known as 'Patient Berlin'), has been documented and published worldwide the case of a patient in London in which the trace of HIV in blood has disappeared eighteen months after a bone marrow transplant
There is a third patient from Dusseldorf (Germany) that is not yet confirmed but that could soon be the third cure and this Wednesday, Brown has assured that there is another patient in Seattle (United States) who has not been infected for a year and a half, that I would add to this reduced list.
At a press conference in Alicante to present the XIX National Congress on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Brown said that "we must be cautious" but that "it seems that it is replicating" the model that achieved its own cure, a a fact that makes him happy because he is delighted that this "little family" grows.
The XIX National Congress on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections is organized by Seisida, an entity that brings together health professionals, patients and different organizations that aim to "get it to improve the quality of life of people with HIV", as has manifested the president of the congress, María José Galindo.
Along with 'Patient Berlin' and Galindo have also served the media Juan Carlos López, president of Seisida, and Joaquín Portilla, co-president of the congress.
Brown has requested that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) be spread throughout Europe, a treatment that prevents HIV infections in the event of sexual relations with an infected person and that can be acquired without problems in the United States, but that It is not yet approved in Spain.
"I am a sexually active person," the American patient has indicated, "and whenever I maintain relationships I take PrEP."
At this point, Lopez has indicated that "although the AIDS Plan is working on it, the reality is that PrEP can not yet be prescribed" in Spain.
And one of the main concerns of the science sector dedicated to the treatment of HIV is precisely to prevent the virus from spreading since "in Spain there are approximately 27,000 infected people who do not know", out of a total of 150,000.
Along with Brown - who no longer takes antiretroviral drugs - and the possible implementation of PrEP, the congress, which will be opened this afternoon by the Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, will also address other "challenges" raised around the AIDS and HIV, mainly "the aging of infected people," said Galindo, "because AIDS has become a chronic disease."