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I-lkn2
Aug 17, 2003

Dr. Young,

Please clarify some confusion regarding IL-2? Some doctors on this site point out that at some point it might assigned as treatment in hiv to help bring up t cells. Others say no way, because it doesnt work and causes severe side effects as flu symptoms? What do you say?

Mr. Neilsen

Response from Dr. Young

I'm not an immunologist, but my immunology colleagues and I both agree that interleukin-2 is really still an investigational drug that might have some T cell benefit. It appears that IL-2 does raise CD4 cell numbers, but there is quite a bit of disagreement as to whether these changes have any clinical significance. BY



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