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HIV-positive Las Vegas comedian reacts to news of potential cure

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) –A big step forward this week in the fight against HIV and AIDS with researchers who announced that a second person could be cured. Brandon Cox Sanford is a Las Las Vegas comedian who was born with HIV, his mother died of AIDS when she was 26. Brandon believes she would still live if she had not denied her diagnosis. RELATED | Health Quarter aims to intensify HIV diagnoses and treatment in Nevada So now he is using his experiences and talents to make people laugh and help those living with diseases, feel more comfortable and talk about it. He calls it "keep it positive" movement. "Being able to speak publicly about it, I can also teach people about HIV and maintain them," Brandon says. He went on to explain that living with HIV is not a dead sentence. "I want to make sure people understand it because you have HIV or that you are born with it does not mean you will die. It is not the 80s anymore. We have so much treatment and resources at our fingertips now, "he said. The Foundation for AIDS Research, also known as AmfAR, announced on Tuesday that an HIV patient in London could be completely cured by the virus. "It is possible to almost or completely eliminate HIV from the body of an infected person," says Rowena Johnston, CEO of Research for AmfAR AmfAR says the London patient has been in remission and without antiretroviral medicine for 18…

A big step forward this week in the fight against HIV and AIDS with researchers who announced that a second person could be cured.

Brandon Cox Sanford is a Las Las Vegas comedian who was born with HIV, his mother died of AIDS when she was 26.

Brandon believes she would still live if she had not denied her diagnosis.

RELATED | Health Quarter aims to intensify HIV diagnoses and treatment in Nevada

So now he is using his experiences and talents to make people laugh and help those living with diseases, feel more comfortable and talk about it.

He calls it “keep it positive” movement.

“Being able to speak publicly about it, I can also teach people about HIV and maintain them,” Brandon says.

He went on to explain that living with HIV is not a dead sentence.

“I want to make sure people understand it because you have HIV or that you are born with it does not mean you will die. It is not the 80s anymore. We have so much treatment and resources at our fingertips now, “he said.

The Foundation for AIDS Research, also known as AmfAR, announced on Tuesday that an HIV patient in London could be completely cured by the virus.

“It is possible to almost or completely eliminate HIV from the body of an infected person,” says Rowena Johnston, CEO of Research for AmfAR

AmfAR says the London patient has been in remission and without antiretroviral medicine for 18 months now.

It is the longest remission on record since a patient in Berlin was cured 10 years ago. In both cases, patients received stem cell transplants.

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“I think it will make people like my mother happy to know that people can actually be cured,” Brandon says when he heard about the cure.

But amfAR says the research behind what cured the two patients is in the early stages, and there is still work to be done.

“Since we only have one case of confirmed cure right now, amfAR researchers are not only working on how to cure HIV but how to confirm that HIV is cured,” says Johnston.

AmfAR also reports that a man in Germany has Removed after a similar transplant procedure, although he has only been suspended for about 4 months.

Meanwhile, Brandon Sanford continues to use his voice to raise awareness and inspire those living with HIV.

March 13 at 8 pm he will perform at Rick’s Rollin Smoke Barbeque & Tavern on Las Vegas Boulevard.

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