Timothy Ray Brown, 1st person cured of HIV, dead of cancer at 54

According to the British Broadcasting Corp., Brown was born in the United States but was living in Berlin, Germany, when he was diagnosed with HIV in 1995. After developing acute myeloid leukemia in 2007, his treatment required obliterating his bone marrow, which was producing the cancerous cells, and receiving a bone marrow transplant from a donor deemed “naturally resistant” to HIV due to a “rare mutation in part of their DNA called the CCR5 gene.”

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