Berlin patient – He was cured of AIDS to become a...

Timothy Ray Brown, the first person to be recovered from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)At the age of 54, the International AIDS Society said in a statement on Wednesday (September 30, 2020).

Brown died after leukemia returned to him six months ago and spread to his spine and brain. Brown was initially known by the pen name “Berlin Patient” after recovering from HIV in 2008, but later decided to campaign publicly in his name.

Brown died at his home in Palm Springs, California, the New York Times reported. Brown was born in Seattle on the west coast of the United States. He moved to Berlin in 1993, studied and worked in a café there, and worked as a translator.

He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995. When he developed leukemia in 2006, he needed treatment with a stem cell transplant. After the risky transplant, the virus disappeared from Brown’s body and he was HIV-free for the rest of his life.

Brown’s case has raised hope that AIDS will be widely treatable, and has unleashed efforts on the part of researchers and institutions in this regard.

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  • Facts and figures about AIDS and HIV

    What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

    HIV stands for acquired immunodeficiency virus, which destroys certain cells of the immune system. Without treatment, pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses can attack the body. He suffers from various diseases such as acute pneumonia. And here a person becomes ill with AIDS. The patient does not die from HIV infection, but because of one of these diseases that the body is no longer able to fight.

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    When was the first injury diagnosed?

    Despite many speculations and theories about the history of the disease, some of which are not without a conspiracy theory, the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed on June 5, 1981, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered a number of cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in five men from Gay men in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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    Is the disease still fatal?

    In the eighties, there were no drugs for treating HIV infection, as having it practically meant infection with AIDS, and the diagnosis of “acquired immunodeficiency virus” was equivalent to “death sentence.” Then there was fear of a real epidemic. And in the mid-1990s the first drugs appeared on the market, which, despite their dangerous side effects, could at least slow the progression of the disease.

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    How big is the risk of infection?

    Viruses are responsible for many infectious diseases in humans. Some viruses, such as influenza viruses, can transmit relatively quickly, and sometimes exposure to coughing others in the bus, for example, is sufficient to transmit infection. But HIV is more difficult to transmit, as it is not transmitted by kissing, coughing, or using the same toilet as an infected person.

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    How did you get the infection?

    The risk of contracting the virus does not come until bodily fluids containing a large amount of viruses enter another person’s body. This occurs roughly in three cases: having sex, and with injections contaminated with the blood of infected people when using drugs, for example, and during pregnancy and childbirth or breastfeeding from a mother who is HIV-positive.

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    Can it be cured?

    HIV is still not curable, but it is treatable. There are effective drugs that limit the activity of this virus in the body and thus prevent the emergence of AIDS. These drugs also have fewer side effects than their predecessors, so people living with HIV today can lead a normal life with a normal life expectancy. However, it remains important to detect the infection and treat with the medicine in a timely manner.

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    How does injury lead to death?

    Herein lies the problem, as there are still many infected people in the world who are not receiving any medication. Without treatment, HIV eventually kills. There are still many infections that have not yet been identified, whether it is because a person did not go to the doctor, because symptoms were not correctly interpreted, or because there was no doctor present.

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    The need for more awareness

    On the other hand, the governments and regulations of some countries of the world continue to reduce the problem of HIV and AIDS or cover it with silence for political, ideological, religious or moral reasons, to deprive the infected of the opportunity to obtain treatment.

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    How many people are infected with the virus around the world?

    The United Nations revealed Tuesday (July 16, 2019) that last year, fewer people died around the world due to AIDS, as their number reached 770,000, or 33 percent compared to 2017. As for the number of injuries during the same year, it reached 1.7 One million people, 240,000 of them in the Middle East and North Africa. It also indicated that more and more patients are receiving appropriate treatments.

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