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Papaya enzymes with protease
Jul 29, 2002

I am currently taking a papaya enzyme supplement for digestive purposes. Just noticed it also contains protease. Does this affect my HIV status in any adverse way?

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

There are many "proteases" in foods, your intestine, and supplements. It is a catch-all category of enzymes that break apart proteins. In this case, your papaya supplement has these enzymes that have an effect to break apart dietary proteins -- thus called a "digestive" supplement. It should not interfere with your HIV medications or status.

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