Pre- and Probiotics Could Help HIV Patients, Suggests New Research
January 22, 2013
Researchers believe that supplementation with prebiotics and probiotics can help lower the risk of infection and inflammation for HIV patients taking antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). Jason Brenchley, of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and others were aware that people treated with ARVs have a higher mortality rate than uninfected individuals, and that HIV infection causes gastrointestinal (GI) tract damage, microbial translocation, and immune activation. Based on the results of the research, the team suggested that pre- and probiotics could provide adjunctive therapy for HIV infection that is well tolerated and inexpensive.
01.18.2013; Nathan Gray
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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