|BCG to treat HIV patients!?
Jun 20, 1997
There is a doctor in Brazil using BCG and other immunogenic products to treat HIV/AIDS patients. She did not use antiretroviral drugs because she affirms that they cause immunosupression. I need your oppinion.
| Response from Dr. Cohen
BCG is a live bacillus vaccine that is used, with varying success, to prevent tuberculosis. Because it is a live vaccine, it is contraindicated in immunosuppressed people, who can develop infections due to BCG that would not occur in people with normal immune systems.
Furthermore, I know of no evidence that BCG would treat HIV infection. Even if it were safe, it would be likely to do more harm than good, since it might increase HIV viral load and thereby accelerate disease progression.
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