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Multivitamins Won't Boost Standard HIV Care, Study Finds

October 18, 2012

According to a report published in the October 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, taking high doses of multivitamin supplements did not lessen the risk of HIV disease progression or fatalities for Tanzanian patients receiving standard medications for suppressing the virus. The daily supplements appeared to be linked to potentially harmful increased levels of a particular liver enzyme. Over the past 15 years, the combination of medications known as highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART, has greatly decreased HIV-related disease and fatalities. Previous studies have also shown that high doses of multivitamins may reduce HIV-related illness and death in those not receiving HAART, but the safety and effectiveness of combining the two regimens had not been examined.

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