Timothy Ray Brown is an American who was once known as the “Berlin patient”. He became the first person to be cured of HIV in 2008. According to his partner, he was dead because of blood cancer.
“Timothy is not dying from HIV, just to be clear,” his partner Tim Hoeffgen told the writer Mark King, who published a blog post on the subject on Tuesday.
“HIV has not been found in his bloodstream since he was cured. That’s gone. This is from the leukaemia. God, I hate cancer,” added Hoeffgen.
Brown created the history of medicine and became the embodiment of tens of millions of people who had the virus that caused AIDS more than a decade ago.
When he learned that he had been infected, he studied in Berlin in 1995. Then, in 2006, he was diagnosed with leukemia. It is a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.
To treat his leukemia, his doctors at the Free University of Berlin used a stem cell transplant from a donor who had a rare genetic mutation that made him natural resistance to HIV, hoping to eliminate both diseases.
It underwent two painful and dangerous operations but succeeded. In 2008, Brown was declared free of two diseases. He was dubbed the “Berlin Patient” at a medical conference to remain anonymous.
Two years later, he decided to break his silence, continue to be a public figure, give speeches and interviews, and founded his own foundation.