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“These tests were accurate and they were his, but what we don’t know at the moment is why that has happened, and we want him to come back in for more tests,” said a spokeswoman. “It is potentially a fantastic thing.”
Stimpson was tested three times in August 2002 at the Victoria clinic for sexual health in central London and the results showed he was producing HIV antibodies to fight the disease.
Stimpson, originally from Largs in Ayrshire, contracted the virus from his boyfriend, Juan Gomez, 44. He began taking vitamins and other dietary supplements to keep his body healthy in the hopes that this might fend off the development of full-blown Aids.
In October 2003, after impressing doctors with his good health, Stimpson was offered a new test, which came back negative. Further tests in December 2003 and March last year also proved negative.
A London hospital will carry out tests to investigate how a British man who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 2002, recovered from the virus the following year.
He sought compensation, but has apparently been told there is no case to answer, because there was no fault with the testing procedure.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Your title is misleading. The article does not suggest that the man was cured of HIV.
Doctors baffled as HIV man ‘cures’ himself
A MAN who tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes Aids, has subsequently shown up negative for the disease in a case that has mystified doctors.
It was claimed last night that Andrew Stimpson, 25, may have shaken off the virus with his own immune system after contracting HIV in 2002.
1. Restoration of health; recovery from disease.
2. A method or course of medical treatment used to restore health.
3. An agent, such as a drug, that restores health; a remedy.
v. cured, cur·ing, cures
1. To restore to health.
2. To effect a recovery from: cure a cold.
3. To remove or remedy (something harmful or disturbing): cure an evil.
1. To effect a cure or recovery: a medicine that cures.
Hospital officials say that 14 months later the virus has disappeared.
Mr Stimpson told British newspapers he felt special and blessed to have been cured, but doctors have been more cautious in their response.
He has been urged to come forward to help medics find an explanation for the results, but he has so far declined to do so.
Staff at the London hospital where the tests were carried out have denied there was any mix-up in the testing and Mr Stimpson said he only took daily supplements to stay as healthy as possible.
While Mr Stimpson says he is the first person to have been cured of the virus, there have been anecdotal reports from Africa of people fighting off the virus.