Woman Apparently Cured Of HIV Using Umbilical Cord Blood

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    The Facts

    • A woman at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center has reportedly been cured of HIV.

    • She has shown no signs of infection since ending treatment in October 2020.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    This is a massive leap forward for science and medicine. This breakthrough has opened the door to curing dozens more HIV patients every year and saving countless more lives.

    Narrative B

    While remarkable, this doesn't bring us any closer to curing the 37 million - mostly Sub-Saharan African - people living with HIV. The treatment's risks make it suitable only for a very select class of people; if we truly hope to eradicate HIV we should focus on developing vaccines and drugs instead.

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