London patient revealed as cured joins Palm Springs man, who was the first

Timothy Ray Brown was standing next to his doctor, Gero Hütter, as they waited for an elevator at a Berlin hospital in August 2006. The elevator dinged, and the opening door sounded as if it sighed. They stepped in as Brown processed the news Hütter just delivered: there could be a cure that would address Brown’s HIV and leukemia simultaneously.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever,’” said Brown. “It was like a fantasy idea that I wouldn’t have to worry about HIV again.”

But it wasn’t a fantasy. The Palm Springs resident, now 52, would become known to the world as the Berlin patient.

Now, more than a decade after Brown became the first person cured of HIV in May 2007, a patient in London has reportedly been cured by a bone-marrow transplant as well. The London patient has yet to speak publicly but Brown said he already feels a deep connection with him. – Desert Sun, with Nicole Hayden

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