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Use of blood transfusions as treatment?
Sep 15, 2002

hi, are there any information on the possible therapeutic or negative effects of blood transfusion for HIV/AIDS? Could a person's own white blood cells (or donated ones)be frozen at early stage of disease and then used late stage to boost immunity? Will the early HIV strains be useful as ecological competitors of late resistant HIV strains?For instance where a person's initial viral strain is reintroduced late stage and then meds used to control the subsequent cocktail of HIV viruses.

Response from Dr. Henry

Blood transfusions vcan be immunosuppressive. Auto-transfusion would be less so. Since the original virus is essentially stockpiles in the lymph system even after years of therapy, there would be little need to receive a transfusion of stored blood in order to re-stock that virus (that is an interesting questions). Frozen white cells re-transfused would not likely provide much added immunity at a later stage-again an interesting thought but not likely to be effective (many of the cells would not last long and any T-cells would be targets for HIV and not likely to provide much anti-HIV immunity). KH



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