How do you cure HIV? Here’s everything you need to know

Over 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 other people have received the treatment and also appear to be HIV-negative, but it is too early to definitively declare these patients 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, with cells taken either from adult bone marrow or from umbilical cord blood.

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