Timothy Ray Brown, First Patient to Be Cured of HIV, Dies of Leukemia


Timothy Ray Brown, dubbed the “Berlin Patient,” the first ever to be cured of HIV, died from cancer on September 29.

Brown was cured of HIV in 2007. He was diagnosed in 1995, and about a decade later was diagnosed with leukemia. A physician at the Free University of Berlin used a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that provided natural resistance to HIV in hopes of curing both diseases. It took two procedures but was successful, and in 2008 Brown was announced free of both HIV and leukemia.

Brown, 54, was born in the U.S. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 while living in Berlin. He developed acute myeloid leukemia in 2007.

The leukemia that eventually led to his HIV cure returned this year, where it metastasized to his brain and spinal cord.

Brown’s partner, Tim Hoeffgen, posted on Facebook, “It is with great sadness that I announce that Timothy passed away … surrounded by myself and friends, after a five-month battle with leukemia. Tim committed his life’s work to telling his story about his HIV cure and became an ambassador of hope.”


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