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Inflammation and HIV

Feb 13, 2011

I have been reading recently that Inflammation leads to worse outcomes in those with HIV.

Are there any steps one with HIV can take to reduce inflammation.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Inflammation is nonspecific response to a multitude of stimuli such as various kinds of infections, drugs, toxins or other exposures, cancers, and autoimmune diseases, to name a few. Some inflammatory responses are appropriate and necessary for the body to contain or control the insult. Others are bad and result in injury or harm, such as tuberculosis, which can worsen HIV infection significantly as a result of inflammation. Because so many insults are coming at us all the time, it would not be advisable to shut off the inflammatory response completely, as this would lead to worse problems down the road.

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