People living with HIV will also continue to benefit from medications that are generally easy to tolerate and help improve quality of life.
"Antiretroviral therapy has transformed HIV care over the past dozen years and represents one of the major medical accomplishments of the past few decades," said Richman.
Victor Maldonado is grateful for that.
"I'm currently on antiretrovirals, and the drugs work. There's no doubt about it," he said.
Even though he knows the patient in Germany is a rare case, he hopes that research like it will continue.
"Research is the lifeblood for finding treatments and a cure for HIV," he said.