Manuka Honey & HIV
Jun 1, 2012
I'm wondering if there are any studies on Manuka honey & it's effects on HIV virus and/or contraindications with HIV meds. I've read both good & bad things about the antiviral properties and was wondering if it's safe to use. I have a friend who was using it daily in hot tea before bedtime while on Atripla. His latest labs went backwards with his viral load being detectable and T-cells going down. He's wondering if the Manuka honey could be to blame especially since he was using it around the same time he took his Atripla. Thanks!
Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
There are not peer-reviewed publications on Manuka honey and antiviral or HIV properties. I'd suggest searching the National Center for Biotechnology Information (also known as Pubmed) on the terms manuka and virus and/or HIV. You'll find that there haven't been any citations.
As such, I can't support the idea that the product has antiviral properties, and therefore don't recommend it for this purpose.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Would Herpes Show Up As Just One Sore
- Will Genital Warts Eventually Go Away And Not Flare Up Again?
- Why Are Genital Warts More Prevalent In Homosexual Men?
- What Non Sexual Ways Can Herpes Be Spread?
- What Is The Difference Between Genital Herpes And Shingles?
- What Happens If You Don't Treat Herpes?
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 TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.