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The London Patient, Adam Castillejo

Adam Castillejo, known as the “London Patient,” is the second person known to be cured of HIV when his body became resistant to HIV infection after receiving a bone marrow transplant. Castillejo revealed his identity in 2020, so he could be an “Ambassador of Hope” to inspire others living with HIV. Castillejo is a British-Venezuelan man who has resided in London since 2000. In 2003, he was diagnosed with HIV. From that point forward he chose a life of health—exercising, eating well, and becoming a head chef. In 2011, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma. After intense monitoring, many ups and downs in treatments, and much intensive preparation, Castillejo received the stem cell transplant that cured him of HIV in London in 2016. After this treatment, his body became resistant to HIV infection, and he subsequently stopped HIV medication in 2017. Since 2020, he has been an international champion of HIV research. His presentation in Philadelphia was the last stop on his international tour before returning to his home in London, United Kingdom.

The London Patient, Adam Castillejo, visits The Wistar Institute

CHTA Chat with the London Patient

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