called for more tests on a British man who claims his body
has rid itself of the virus that causes AIDS.
Andrew Stimpson, 25, told two British newspapers
that he had tested positive for HIV in August 2002 but
that tests 14 months later came back negative. He told
the Mail on Sunday, "I can't help wondering if
I hold the cure for AIDS."
Stimpson also was interviewed by News of the
World, which said it paid for the story--a common
practice in Britain--but declined to reveal how
much. The Mail on Sunday could not immediately be
reached for comment.
The Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare Trust,
which conducted Stimpson's HIV tests, confirmed he'd
had a positive test followed by a negative one but
would not say this meant he was cured. "This is a rare and
complex case," the hospital said in a statement. "When we
became aware of Mr. Stimpson's HIV negative test
results, we offered him further tests to help us
investigate and find an explanation for the different
results. So far Mr. Stimpson has declined this offer."
Stimpson told the Mail on Sunday he was
happy to submit to further tests. "This appears to be
a highly unusual case, and without further tests it
really is impossible to draw any conclusions for
people living with HIV," said Deborah Jack, chief
executive of the National AIDS Trust. (AP)