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New blood

Feb 14, 2002

I understand oportunistic infections kill hiv positive people eventually because the immune system is weakened to a point where it cannot longer fight them. If I am infected, can I save blood, say once a month, so that when the CD4 count in my blood becomes too low, I can use my saved blood to replace my old blood?

Thanks for your answer

Response from Dr. Holodniy

An interesting question. The unfortunate problem with your proposed solution is that the cells you save (and this can be done), are more than likely infected with HIV. Thus, you would be reinfusing more infected cells into the mix.

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