First man cured of HIV dies of Cancer

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

NAN reports that Brown, known, as the “Berlin Patient”, died on Tuesday after battling with recurrent leukaemia for several months.

His death was disclosed in a statement issued by Bijan Farnoudi, Communication and Public Affairs Director, International AIDS Society, IAS, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan.

“Brown made medical history when he became the first person to be cured of HIV in 2008, after undergoing a complex stem cell transplant for lymphoma..

“For the past six months, he had been living with a recurrence of the leukaemia that had entered his spine and brain. He had remained HIV-free.

“On behalf of all its members and the Governing Council, the IAS sends its condolences to Timothy’s partner, his family and friends.

“He was living with HIV and with acute myeloid leukaemia, and received a bone marrow transplant in Berlin, Germany, in 2007.

“Timothy stopped antiretroviral therapy, ART, soon after the transplant and he remained free of any detectable virus. In other words, he was cured. His experience suggested that HIV might one day be curable.

“We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Hütter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible,” the statement said


  1. If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.may soul rest in peace.

  2. Mhhhh this is my first time of hearing that someone has been cured of cancer. I did not know..o
    Well now he is dead, God knows why
    May his soul rest rest in peace..and may God Almighty give his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this great loss…Amen

  3. If he could be free from HIV definitely there’s hope for the world about this virus, free from one ailment and died of other so pathetic.

  4. Vanity upon vanity, we come with nothing and we will go back with nothing. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

  5. This life self, is filled with sorrows and pains
    After being cured of aids, another sickness came and killed him
    May his soul rest in peace.

  6. This life is just a vanity upon vanity, this is my first time of hearing this that someone has cure for HIV, have never had it in anywhere before. Old baba may your soul rest in peace.

  7. Eeya this is a great record that never easy to break…. HIV have never had that before… you have make a great impact in this world. Rest in peace.

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