How are people cured of HIV? Here’s everything you need to know

In the past 20 years, a handful of people have been cured of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS, through intensive medical procedures.

Several people have undergone the treatment and appear to be HIV-free, but it is still too early to declare these patients definitively cured. For now, they are described as being in long-term remission and their cases are considered “possible” cures. All of these patients received stem cell transplants, where cells were collected from adult bone marrow or from umbilical cord blood.

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