Timothy Ray Brown is the first person to ever be cured of HIV. He discusses his decision to no longer remain anonymous and why he shares his story with the world.
Segment Description: At ANAC 2019, Timothy Ray Brown discussed his decision to come forward as the “Berlin Patient”.
Interview transcript: (modified slightly for readability)
Leading up to 2010, after my story broke in the New England Journal of Medicine, and then started becoming an important story, I decided I did not really want to be the “Berlin Patient” anymore. I wanted to have people know me by my name and so and I decided that I couldn't be the only person in the world cured of HIV. I was at that point, I didn't want that anymore. I wanted more people to be cured—I wanted everyone with HIV to be cured. And, and so in order to do that, I had to release my name and my image to the public and, and since then, I've become kind of a cheerleader for HIV cure.