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blood transfusion to hiv patient
Apr 18, 2012

i know , we cant increse cd4+ count by exchange trasfusion.. But,, i have one question.. Cant we just decrease the viral load by exchange transfusion? And in such a way lenghten the onset of symptoms?

Response from Dr. Young

Hi and thanks for posting.

Unfortunately, since there are a lot of HIV-infected CD4 cells that aren't in the circulation (ie, in lymph nodes), exchange transfusion will only transiently decrease HIV viral loads in the circulation.

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