|Does drinking Chinese tea (Gunpowder or Green Tea) affect HIV treatment?
Feb 3, 2013
I have HIV and I have been used to drinking Chinese green tea in my country. Now I have started treatment for HIV. Is it good for me to drink this tea without affecting my treatment?
| Response from Dr. Fawcett
Thanks for writing. There are some very preliminary data that suggest that a compound in green tea called EGCG may have some antiviral effects. I am not aware of any documentation of negative interactions between green tea and antiretrovirals, although I would be conscious of the caffeine content. Be certain to consult with your healthcare provider about all your supplements. You can find more information about green tea here.
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