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New Way of Treating AIDS: View of Russian Scientists

Russian scientists say that successful recovery from AIDS, about which German scientists recently reported, requires years of testing. Even if the patient in fact got rid of AIDS, 10-15 years would pass before the technology would be introduced into clinical practice.

German medics recently reported that they detected absence of human immunodeficiency virus in the organism of AIDS patient, who has undergone bone marrow transplantation 20 months ago. Bone marrow donor had innate resistance to HIV.

Russian hematologists say therapy developers should perform long-term group studies before claiming its efficiency. About 20 years ago medics tried to treat AIDS by transplantation of healthy immunocompetent bone marrow. This approach had no positive results because at that time medics had no pharmaceuticals, quenching virus proliferation, and transplanted bone marrow got infected. Today modern medicine has drugs, effectively retarding virus development; however, no one can be absolutely sure that the virus is defeated.

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