|HIV induced fever
Jul 22, 2006
For several decades I've carried a science article in my head that proved that mechanically increased body temperature (like a sauna) increased white blood cells. Could the fact that the HIV virus's lack of high fevers result in a less than full attack on this virus, and therefore prevent the body from killing this virus as it kills other viruses. And, has any group conducted any tests to see if this temperature hypotheses holds up?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Extracorporeal hyperthermia (heating the blood outside the body) has been studied in a few small studies. It resulted in some improvement in CD4 count and decreased amount of infectious virus in blood, but is not a cure. The blood is only one small compartment that has HIV in it. Heating a person for prolonged periods of time to destroy virus in all parts of the body would also probably kill the person as well.
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