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replace infected blood with new fresh blood?

Dec 26, 2004

I never read anything about it and I never hear people talk about it either, but would it be possible to remove several liters of infected blood from the body and inject the same amount of fresh untainted blood? Would that help with the infection since the CD4 count would now be automatically higher? Is it done for people who have a very low CD4 count?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Great idea, but it won't work. The amount of virus in the blood plasma or blood cells is no more than 5% of the HIV infected cells in the body. Most infected cells are in the lymph nodes and other organs of the body and would not be removed by exchange transfusion.

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