Scientists are identifying a second HIV Patient who Healed Himself from the Virus

Xu Yu, MD, Physician Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital

This second untreated person living with HIV showed no signs of intact HIV genomes in more than 1.5 billion blood and tissue cells analyzed.

  • Ragon Member Xu Yu, MD, is studying how HIV stores copies of its genome in human cells, resulting in a lifelong infection.
  • In 2020, she identified an untreated HIV patient with no intact copies of HIV genomes in more than 1.5 billion blood cells analyzed, suggesting the virus had been removed from the patient’s body.
  • Her team now reports a second untreated person living with HIV who had no signs of intact HIV genomes in more than 1.5 billion blood and tissue cells analyzed.

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