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HIV progress offers hope in tragic week

By Xinhua in Sydney, Australia ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-22 07:35:59

In what has been a grim week for the international AIDS community, with the loss of former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange and Art Aids leader Jacqueline van Tongeren among the victims on Flight MH17 in Ukraine-reports have been confirmed on Monday that two HIV-positive men who were treated in Sydney now have "undetectable levels" of the virus.

The patients, who were treated at St Vincent's Hospital in partnership with the University of New South Wales' Kirby Institute, have undetectable levels of HIV more than three years after undergoing bone-marrow transplants. They were the first cases of HIV being successfully cleared in Australia.

The international AIDS community is mourning the deaths of researchers, activists, health workers and people with HIV after their plane crashed in Ukraine last week. They were traveling to Melbourne for a global AIDS conference.

HIV progress offers hope in tragic week

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