This man is the first person to be cured of HIV

Timothy Ray Brown — the only known person to be cured of HIV — thought a cure was science fiction when his doctor raised the idea a decade ago.

Now, softly-spoken Brown is the poster guy for defeating HIV and is speaking at the University of Cape Town on Monday evening in support of cure research.

“I don’t want to be the only one cured of HIV‚ it is a very lonely place‚” said the man known initially as the “Berlin Patient” after where he was treated.

The life-threatening treatments he got for leukaemia‚ which also eliminated HIV in his body‚ are too risky to test on other people with HIV but his case demonstrated that a cure is possible.

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