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Fixing the Body: An Immune-Based Approach to HIV

February 2010

By now most people know HIV causes AIDS. But this is actually inaccurate. To understand why this is inaccurate helps explain why there are two different ways scientists are trying to figure out how to treat AIDS.


AIDS is a condition in which a person is not able to fight off many illnesses that the body generally can get rid of or can learn to live with. The illnesses that kill people with AIDS are called "opportunistic infections" because they take advantage of a problem HIV sets in motion -- the slaughter of many different types of T helper cells.

Before turning attention to how the T helper cells are killed off, let's look at how these T helper cells protect us in the first place.

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Comment by: Pedro (Lisbon, Portugal) Wed., Feb. 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm EST
The cytolin case is a huge scandal. I didnīt know anything until today. The potential anti-hiv action of this drug was reported since 1995! How many people shut-up the mouth and did nothing about that? Cytolin began human trials in 2010!!!! I think that we have to congratulate the big pharma for this.
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Comment by: NTJEN Louis (Douala, Cameroon) Mon., Feb. 15, 2010 at 5:33 am EST
Interesting article,
I would like to know more about Cytolin and cyclosporine.
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Comment by: Geoffrey (Uganda) Sun., Feb. 14, 2010 at 5:19 am EST
Am Hiv positive and after learning about the on going reseach on Cytolin drug, I now have a hope of living even longer.
Since the drug has already proved useful and able to reverse the position of Hiv positive patients. Kindly offocially launch it so the even the people of africa, where Aids is most rampant can be assure of life.
Thanks for the good work.
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Comment by: Jo Ann Berg (Ann Arbor, MI and Madison,WI) Fri., Feb. 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm EST
I am glad to see Cytolin being reconsidered. You can access a summary of an interview I had with Dr. Northfelt at the 2002 CROI conference at: http://www.thebody.com/content/art1052.html
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Comment by: Mark (San francisco, CA) Fri., Feb. 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm EST
I don't know what's going on with this drug. They have been studying it since the early 90's and I watched in the news around july of last year that this was going to be the wonder drug for HIV/AIDS. The doctor at the time mentioned that if the company cytodyn and the FDA got their act together, then we may hear news at the end of the year. So far nothing.Pharma companies take an eternity to develop a drug.And when they finally have something, then they have to submit it to the FDA,which in turn,takes usually another 1-2 years or more to approve a drug. The FDA is a dying agency that needs better drugs to function well. I wouldn't be surprise if they didn't approve this drug.
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Comment by: Arthur Gittleman (Bella Vista, AR) Fri., Feb. 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm EST
Prednisolone 5mg can reduce CD8 hyperactivity. The only reason it is not used is because there is nolonger a patent on it, so nobody wants to spend research money on it, so as to get it approved by FDA. On the other hand Cytolin has a patent. There is a need to reform our health care system in order to reduce costs.
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Comment by: Brian (Arizona) Thu., Feb. 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm EST
Isn't this what those AIDS denialists have been saying all along? While I'm not intimately familiar with their argument, I do know they clearly state that HIV doesn't cause AIDS.
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