UN / HIV POSSIBLE CURE

05-Mar-2019 00:01:01
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said that it is “greatly encouraged by the news that an HIV-positive man has been functionally cured of HIV.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 05 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Close up, UN flag

05 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our colleagues at UNAIDS said they are greatly encouraged by the news that an HIV-positive man has been functionally cured of HIV. The result, reported at a conference in Seattle, is one of only two cases of reported functional cures for HIV. The man was treated in London for Hodgkin’s lymphoma using stem cell transplants from a donor carrying a rare genetic mutation. The virus has been undetectable since he stopped taking antiretroviral medicine 18 months ago.”
4. Med shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, said the breakthrough gives us great hope for the future, but also shows how far we are from the point of ending AIDS with science, as well as the absolute importance to continue to focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts.”
6. Various shots, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today said that it is “greatly encouraged by the news that an HIV-positive man has been functionally cured of HIV.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (05 Mar), UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the result, reported at a conference in Seattle, “is one of only two cases of reported functional cures for HIV.”

He added, “the man was treated in London for Hodgkin’s lymphoma using stem cell transplants from a donor carrying a rare genetic mutation. The virus has been undetectable since he stopped taking antiretroviral medicine 18 months ago.”

Dujarric quoted Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS that “breakthrough gives us great hope for the future, but also shows how far we are from the point of ending AIDS with science, as well as the absolute importance to continue to focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts.”

According to UNAIDS, the first reported case of functional cures for HIV was the Berlin patient, Timothy Ray Brown, who received similar treatment for cancer in 2007.

There is currently no cure for HIV. UNAIDS is working to ensure that all people living with and affected by HIV have access to life-saving HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services. In 2017, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV and 1.8 million people became newly infected with the virus. In the same year, almost 1 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses and 21.7 million people had access to treatment.
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