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My sister's lab results-2
Feb 2, 2007

Dear Dr. Young,

Thank you very much for your response regarding to my sisters lab result. She wont start treatment anytime soon in the near future. However, is there any vitamin that she should take in order to boost up her cd4 and immune system?

Also, she has very bad acne recently on her face. Is this due to the fact that shes hiv+? Her dermatologist prescribes Nimegen 20mg (another version of Roaccutane which made in Korea). She takes one tablet a day for 3 months already. Is there any risk for her health if she continues with this medication for a long time? Need your advice please!

Thanks & Best Wishes, Lol4t

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your follow up and comments.

If your sister has access to an adequate diet, in my opinion, there's little in the way of vitamin supplements that will significantly alter ther CD4 count and immune system. There are some recent data that suggest that selenium deficiency can cause worsened immune decline, I find that some of the conclusions are overinterpreted.

As for the acne treatment, I don't see any harm, HIV-specifically. It's always important, with any medication to monitor for side effects and/or toxicity.

Hope this helps. Best of health to you and your sister. BY



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