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Lemon juice and HIV?
Jul 10, 2005

What has happened to the lemon juice vs HIV bit noted below, some three years ago?

Lemon juice vs. HIV? Oct 24, 2002

I heard that in Australia a group of researchers descovered that lemon juice could inactivate HIV and kills semen due to the acid contained in the fruit. They also said that it could be a prevention during sex! What is your opinion about this notice?

Response from Mr. Kull

It's likely that there are many substances out there that can inactivate HIV in a test tube, but they might not be practical for use as an antimicrobial agent during sexual activity. A good example is nonoxynol-9: while it was found to be effective in inactivating HIV in laboratories, it turned out to be an irritant of the mucous membranes in many people, which actually increased their risk for infection when exposed to HIV. Lemon juice could potentially pose a similar problem.

Don't use lemon juice as a method for prevention yet. Until you see reliable studies conducted in humans, never base your prevention practices on preliminary or dubious information (like many things you can find on the internet). Condoms work really well; stick to that.

RMK

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Oh, didn't you get the memo? Those same Aussie researchers subsequently decided lemon juice works better when squeezed over succulent shrimps grilling on the barbie compared to being used on hotdogs, hoping to get a lucky squeeze from someone named Barbie.

I agree with Mr. Kull's response. And before you ask, limes are still best when used in Margaritas -- the drink, rather than in Margaritas -- hookers from Tijuana!!!

Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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