Jul 20, 2004
I learnt that I was infected a year ago and had a CD4 count of 111; I have forgotten the viral load count. I've been taking Combivir and Stochrin for a year. My CD4 count is now 820 and VL undetectable. I've now been entered for an AMPLIGEN trial. It is a draw as to who gets the Ampligen the 1st year. Will know on Thursday. Anybody know anything about Ampligen , how it could improve my life and any chance of it helping my Neuropathy
Response from Dr. Conway
Ampligen is a synthetic RNA molecule that has been evaluated as adjunctive therapy for HIV, possibly as an immune stimulant, and possibly as an antiviral, synergistic with drugs like AZT. Clinical trials conducted in the late 1980s failed to show a benefit of adding it to AZT, in terms of disease progression. More recently, it has been shown to help prolong the period of time that people may be able to stay off therapy when it is interrupted as part of an STI. This information, presented at the International AIDS Conference in 2002, may have renewed the general interest in it, at least within research trials.
It is fairly benign with respect to side effects. I am not sure if it has ever been shown to help things like neuropathy.
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