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Hiv/Aids dialysis?

Oct 21, 2006

It is my understanding a patient who suffers from kidney failure goes through dialysis in which their blood is recycled through a machine, cleansed and put back in. Why can't the same type method be done for a person with the Aids virus? Can't the virus be lessened through this process? This may not be the forum to ask this question, but I wasn't sure which forum to go to. Thank you in advance for an answer to my nieve question.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Excellent question. However, the amount of HIV in the blood is only about 5% of the total amount that is in the body. So, you wouldn't be getting rid of much even with repeat treatments. Most of the virus lives in lymph nodes and other places that dialysis would not affect.

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