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The Cure For AIDS?

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Could it be inside Scotsman Andrew Stimpson’s body?

The case of Andrew Stimpson, 25, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2002 but found to be clear of the virus in 2003, has stunned the medical world. If doctors can establish why this happened, without treatment, it could benefit the 34.9 million virus carriers worldwide.

But Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust, which carried out the initial diagnosis tests, said Mr Stimpson has so far declined to undergo further tests with it.

A spokeswoman for the Trust said: “I can confirm that he has a positive and a negative test.

But we shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves:

Dr Patrick Dixon, an expert from Acet, an international Aids group, said the case was “very, very unusual. I’ve come across many anecdotal reports of this kind of thing happening in Africa, some quite recently, but it’s difficult to verify them,” he said.

“You have to be rock-solid sure that both samples came from the same person, no mix-up in the laboratory, no mistakes in the testing. This is the first well-documented case.”

Thankfully Stimpson has agreed to undergo further tests to see what his body may have that the rest of humanity lacks. As always, we have to play the wait and see game. But let’s hope this is the first step towards a real vaccine that could help wipe out one of world’s deadliest weapons of mass destruction.