May 9, 2000
I notice in the tummy rumbling question you mention lactose. Are you saying from your answer that people with HIV get lactose or are you saying that is merely what the problem could be? Thanks.
Response from Dr. Henry
Lactose is a milk sugar found in dairy products which requires an enzyme (lactase) to be digested. It is common for persons to lose their ability to digest lactose well (common in the general population, perhaps even more common in HIV+ persons) which often results in bloating, gas, noises, and more loose stools. Taking Lactaid replaces the lactase and often is quite helpful for that disorder. Keith Henry, M.D.
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