Although with some limitations, this study was able to find some success in their initial hypothesis which could begin groundbreaking research that will do even more good for the HIV/AIDs communities.
One year after the transplant of allogenic cells it was found that “5 of 6 participants had full donor chimera in T cells within the first year after transplant, undetectable proviral HIV DNA in blood and tissue, and undetectable replication-competent virus (<0.006 infectious unit per million cells.” Salgado 1).
With this research, hopefully more studies are done to find the full benefit of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants; this study alone showed that it was able to result in a “profound long-term reduction in the HIV reservoir” (Salgado 1). With these results researchers can only imagine the wonderful long term benefits of stem cell therapy…potentially even leading to the eradication of many viruses and diseases. The only limitation of this study was the low amount of participants, however, hopefully it will inspire more clinical studies of how the human body reacts to these therapies and lead to studies on other ailments.