The cells without the CCR5 gene were part of a bone marrow transplant, which the person was undergoing as a treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma.
Following the transplant, and at 30 months after the person ceased antiretroviral therapy, doctors confirmed that the HIV viral load remained undetectable in blood samples.
This finding means that whatever traces of the virus’s genetic material might still be in the system, they are so-called fossil traces, meaning that they cannot lead to further replication of the virus.
The specialists confirmed that HIV also remained undetectable in samples of cerebrospinal fluid, semen, intestinal tissue, and lymphoid tissue.
On Wash Your Lyrics, users can just enter the title of a favorite song and artist and the site automatically generates a poster that pairs the lyrics to a 13-step hand washing routine.
On Sunday, the Banbury and Bicester College student took to social media to promote the link to the not-for-profit website — created in a day — because he “felt so sad singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to” himself every time he washed his hands.