"These findings clearly provide important new information that might well alter the current thinking about HIV and gene therapy. While stem cell transplantation is not a viable option for people with HIV on a broad scale because of its costs and complexity, these new cases could lead us to new approaches to treating, and ultimately even eradicating, HIV."
Kevin Robert Frost, of the Foundation of AIDS Research, responding to news that two HIV-positive patients who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer and also stopped taking anti-retrovirals now show no sign of the virus. Researchers warned the virus may still exist in organs where it cannot be detected, while adding that rebounding virus from particular undetectable spots may also reveal useful data in combating the virus. (Associated Press)