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HIV-Leukemia Patient Receives Rare Transplant

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Doctors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital are hoping a cord blood transplant will cure a boy diagnosed with HIV and leukemia.

If successful, doctors say the 12-year-old boy would be only the second person in the world to be cured of HIV. The boy had the transplant Tuesday. The procedure has some similarities to a bone marrow transplant in that cord blood and bone marrow both contain blood-forming cells.

It could be two or three months before doctors know if the transplant is successful.

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