Is this a turning point in the fight against the AIDS virus? Medical researchers are too stunned to comment as 25-year-old Andrew Stimpson of the United Kingdom claims to have “beat HIV.” He was tested several times in August of 2002 and doctors confirmed that he was HIV positive. However, a new round of testing in December 2003 and March 2004 indicates the opposite. The virus had disappeared from Stimpson’s body.
Stimpson says that after discovering his illness, he started a healthy regime that included taking vitamins and diet supplements. He was hoping to keep from developing full-blown AIDS. He didn’t expect to be completely healthy ever again, but the subsequent tests a year after his diagnosis proved even more shocking than the first. Stimpson stated, “I couldn’t understand how anyone could cure themselves of HIV … I thought it had to be wrong because no one can recover from HIV, it just doesn’t happen.”
So far, medical science is completely baffled by this unique case. Researchers want to investigate at length before they confirm that HIV may not be deadly to everyone. They also hope that Stimpson’s case will shed some much-needed light on the worldwide fight against HIV. A spokeswoman for the British NHS (National Health Service) said of Stimpson’s claim, “It is potentially a fantastic thing.”
British Man ‘beats’ HIV: A British man has allegedly become the first person in the world to beat HIV (2005, November 14). Retrieved from http://www.itn.co.uk/news/832514.html