Together, the three patients can tell researchers a lot about the barriers to a cure and how they might be overcome, Johnston continued.
Perhaps some day the treatment that helped these patients will be available to everyone with HIV, she added.
"We currently imagine that curing people on a large scale through stem-cell transplantation would pose many daunting challenges, but gene therapy researchers are working on ways this might one day be possible," Johnston said.
Findings presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
For more information on HIV cures under investigation, visit amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
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