|Placebo and HIV meds
Dec 28, 2012
If someone is taking a new hyped medicine such as ibalizumab can their T cell count go up or the viral load go down b/c the person expects it to? I know expecting a med to work can't cure an illness but can the fact that a medicine is new and "cool" change your lab counts? Does the placebo effect work?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
According to the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the placebo effect is a beneficial health outcome resulting from a person's anticipation that an interventionpill, procedure, or injection, for examplewill help them. A clinician's style in interacting with patients also may bring about a positive response that is independent of any specific treatment.
For more information about placebo effect, I'd suggest reviewing their website.
Hope that's helpful, BY
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