Timothy Ray Brown – known as the “Berlin Patient,” has died of cancer, after he became the first person to be cured of HIV in the year 2007.
He was first diagnosed with HIV while was studying in Berlin in 1995, and a decade later, Brown was diagnosed with leukaemia, a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.
His doctors said the blood cancer had spread to his spine and brain and he had recently been in hospice care in his hometown of Palm Springs, California.
His partner, Tim Hoeffgen, announced Mr. Brown’s death on social media.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Timothy passed away … this afternoon surrounded by myself and friends, after a five-month battle with leukaemia,” Mr Hoeffgen wrote.
When Mr. Brown was diagnosed with HIV, Gero Huetter was the doctor caring for him and decided to try out a treatment.
According to ABC, the treatment involved the destruction of Mr. Brown’s immune system and the transplanting of stem cells with a gene mutation called CCR5 that resists HIV.