The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Hiv inside the body and blood transfutions
Nov 18, 2007

I tested posative for hiv in december of last year, since I have began taking Atripla and my viral load is now undetectable. Does Hiv die inside your body after time? and this may sound stupid, but I was curiose as to if draining my blood and recieving uninfected blood would have any affect on viral load.

Response from Dr. Wohl

HIV travels in the blood like cars travel on a highway - top get from point A to point B. HIV lives and replicates in many tissues of the body including the lymph nodes, gut and brain.

HIV medications do not kill the virus. They act more like birth control for HIV, preventing the virus from replicating and then giving the immune system a chance to respond.

So bloodletting is bad, HIV meds are good.


Start Treatment ?
Lipoatrophy - no meds?

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint