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Blood transfusion + HIV
Jun 4, 2003

Id like to know whether blood transfusion is of any good in decreasing viral load? I mean to exchange most of your hiv + blood to new hiv- free blood.. Should it atleast lower ones viral load for sometime? I know it wont flush all viruses out of your system.. but couldnt it be a great alternative for all those medicines one has to use ?.. to exchange your blood every now and then? And at the same time to get more healthy CD4 cells..

Another question is.. why cant you just pump in more white cells when the cell count starts to drop?

Response from Dr. Young

Since most of the HIV found in the body is actually not circulating in blood, but rather found in lymph nodes, exchanging the blood with uninfected blood wont have any significant effect on viral loads. The virus resident in the lymph nodes would simply continue to replicate and repopulate the blood. BY



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