Timothy Ray Brown, known as the “Berlin Patient” whose HIV was apparently eradicated after a bone-marrow transplant, announced Tuesday that he is starting a foundation to fund research to find a cure for the virus.
“I am the first, and I believe the first of many people who will be cured of the AIDS virus,” said Brown, looking frail in a charcoal gray suit, at a news conference at the Westin Hotel on M street. “My body is proof of the concept that HIV can be cured.”
Refuting reports that his HIV had returned, Brown said that any virus still remaining in his body was dead. “There is undoubtedly a certain amount of skepticism, but that is the way science progresses,” he said.
Brown spoke as the 2012 International AIDS Conference is being held in Washington. The conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is a gathering of policymakers, scientists, delegates, advocates, persons living with HIV/AIDS and others working to end the disease. I