Iran conducts 1st HIV blood stem cells transplant in Mideast

Tehran, May 15, IRNA- The first blood stem cells transplant on an HIV positive patient has been carried out with success in the Islamic Republic of Iran, making the surgery the first-ever achivement in the country as well as in the Middle East, it was announced on Wednesday.

Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA) says the transplant was conducted on a 44-year-old patient two weeks ago. However, the name of the hospital where the transplant was conducted has not been revealed.

“Fortunately, this transplant was successful and the patient has been discharged from the hospital,” said Mina Mohrez from the IRCHA, located at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS).

The nameless patient will be under medical control within the next three months, according to Mohrez, who said such transplant has been reported to have positive impact on the process of controlling the HIV virus.

“We don’t expect this transplant to control the HIV virus process, but it has been reported in the past that it has left active impact on the process of controlling the disease,” she said.

Some 200 HIV positive patients seek health services for counselling each month at the IRCHA, according to Mohrez, who put the official number of HIV patients at 40,000. “Unofficial figures show that number HIV positive in the country will be two to three times more than the registered figures as it is not possible to trace them all,” she noted.

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