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IVIG Treatment

Apr 18, 2002

Is intravenous immune globulin(IVIG) recommended and/or medically justified in treatment of adult AIDS/HIV? What specific criteria must be demonstrated for effective treatment?

Response from Dr. Aberg

IVIG is FDA-approved for pediatric HIV. There is some data to support that it may reduce bacterial infection in HIV infected children who have had serious recurrent bacterial infections. IVIG may be of benefit in HIV infected adults that have chronic parvo infection, a viral infection that causes a loss of red blood cells. It may also be used for HIV infected patients that have a platelet (cells that help form clots) disorder. Otherwise, use of IVIG is investigational for HIV and is not routinely recommended.

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