• Living proof that HIV can be cured

    Timothy Ray Brown, better known as the ‘’Berlin patient’’ was a speaker at the recent South African Immunology Society (SAIS) meeting held in Gordon’s Bay. He gave a fascinating talk about his life-changing decision to undergo a bone-marrow transplant to treat his leukemia using stem cells that lacked the CCR5 receptor. Since these cells do not support HIV replication, this was an experimental attempt to simultaneously treat his HIV infection. After the transplant he decided to stop taking antiretroviral therapy and remarkably HIV could no longer be detected. Timothy has been HIV-free for over 10 years and is living proof that HIV is curable.

    Photo: Timothy Ray Brown with CAPRISA Research Associate Professor Lynn Morris at the SAIS meeting held in Gordon’s Bay recently.


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Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.