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HIV patient Timothy Brown is the boy who lived


Almost 20 years after he was diagnosed, the 45-year-old is, essentially, cured. A bone-marrow transplant to treat his leukemia transferred a genetic variation that made his system resistant to HIV.

To many of the nation's million people living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, Timothy Brown is the Harry Potter of the disease: Like the young wizard who survived Lord Voldemort's wrath, he is the boy who lived.

Today, almost 20 years after he became infected, Brown is, essentially, cured.

Brown, now 45, is known in medical-journal circles as "The Berlin Patient," a moniker assigned him by a February 2009 case study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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