The first person cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown, has died from cancer

The first person cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown, has died from cancer.

Brown, who was also known as “the Berlin patient”, was given a bone marrow transplant from a donor who was naturally resistant to HIV

His treatment involved destroying his bone marrow, which was producing the cancerous cells, and then having a bone marrow transplant.

The transfer came from a donor who had a rare mutation in part of the DNA called the CCR5 gene.

CCR5 is a set of genetic instructions that build the doorway that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) walks through to infect cells. Mutations to CCR5 essentially lock the door and give people resistance to HIV.

After the treatment, levels of HIV in Brown’s blood fell to undetectable levels and he no longer needed anti-retroviral therapy. He was in effect “cured” but unfortunately he died due to cancer.

However, Brown’s story inspired scientists,patients and the world that a cure could eventually be found.