Understanding the Science behind the possible #HIV cure with Dr Sindi Van Zyl
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Understanding the Science behind the possible #HIV cure with Dr Sindi Van Zyl

8 March 2019 HEALTH & WELLNESS


By Zuko Komisa

Regular feature on #KayaUncaptured with Dr. Sindi Van Zyl explored new developments on the cure of HIV cells in the body and looked at the science behind the cure.

Dr. Sindi took the team through what happened in 2007 when Timothy Ray Brown who is also known as the “Berlin Patient” became the first person to be cured of HIV/AIDS.

There is now a new case that has sparked worldwide debate. The report comes more than 10 years after the first case. The latest development has been of the “London patient” who was declared the second person to be cured of HIV.

Both patients were treated with stem cell transplants from donors who carried a rare genetic mutation known as CCR5-delta 32, that made them resistant to HIV. In the present day, the HIV virus affects close to 37 million people worldwide.

 

Dr Sindi sent a precautionary warning to those who have heard the news and encouraged Afropolitans to continue with their medication and treatment.

South Africa remains at the top of the list of people affected by the scourge of HIV infections. Dr. Sindi Van Zyl says. “If you think of the number of drugs supplied to Sub Saharan Africa, especially in South Africa. We are one of the biggest consumers of ARVs in the world. There a lot of money to be made.”

 

Listen to the conversation here:


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