Selenium and Green Tea as PREP prevention
Jul 13, 2008
Dear Dr. Holodniy, Last April (2007) my HIV-postive partner and I started taking Selenium as a way to boost our immune sytems. I am HIV-negative, so I take it as a sort of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PREP. Since then we have also incorporated Green Tea supplements into our daily diet. Green Tea apparently blocks HIV from attaching to the gp-20 receptor. Since then my partner's viral load has remained undetectable and his already stable 550 CD4 count has increased to 638. I am still negative. What are you views on what this increase REALLY means?? I know his immune system has strengthened and he has gained weight..But I am sure there is more I can be happy about! Thank you. By the way, I have written a report about it. If you would like to read it let me know! Kindest regards.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Although there is likely no harm in taking such supplements, I am not aware of any randomized, blinded, controlled studies showing any benefit for prevention of HIV infection or restoration of the immune system in those with HIV infection. But I am always happy to learn. I would be interested to know whether the CD4% also increased, in addition to the absolute CD4 count; since absolute CD4 counts are much more variable than the CD4% which is a more stable number over time.
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