AIDS patient Jeff Getty relaxed in his Oakland home Thursday, three weeks after he was infused with baboon cells as a last-ditch effort to treat his disease.
Getty's San Francisco General Hospital physician, Dr. Steven Deeks, discharged the 38-year-old after three weeks of in-house observation, saying that he "is doing well." However, he said it was too early to tell if the procedure would help fight Getty's disease.
In a news conference Thursday in San Francisco, Getty, a prominent AIDS activist, said he was feeling much better than he had expected and had suffered no deleterious side effects from the controversial procedure.
His CD4 cell count--a measure of the vitality of his immune system--is 30. Although that is dangerously below the 800 to 1,200 level considered healthy, it is good for Getty. That's because Getty's count going into the procedure Dec. 14 was 30.