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Can A Person With HIV Take Milk Thistle

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Silymarin (Milk Thistle)

Most of the scientific studies of silymarin were published in Europe. The Bottom Line Silymarin is an extract of the seeds of the milk thistle plant. It has been used for over 2,000 years to treat liver problems. No serious side effects or dangerous interactions have been noted. For people with HIV, especially if they have had hepatitis, silymarin might help protect the liver from damage caused by ARVs. It might also reduce stomach upset...
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Milk thistle study show drug interaction .

I did search of milk thistle on thebody site and found. CATIE A WARNING ABOUT MILK THISTLE AND DRUG ITERACTIONS. June 12, 2001says small amounts of milk thistle can slow CYP3A4 by 50 to 100. I have been takening for four years.How can I find out...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There was an article published in the journal Drug Meta Dispos (in 2000; volume 11; pp 1270-3) from a German group looking at the effect of milk thistle in liver cells in a test tube. They found that mild thistle impaired cyp 3A activity.... Read more »

Alternative Liver Detoxifiers other than Milk Thistle

I fully understand the concern about mixing Milk Thistle (sylamarin) with certian HIV meds since some of these both share the 450 cytochrome pathway in the liver for meatbolism. I have had success using phosphadytal choline (in Lectithin) and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. In this forum I frequently refer readers to sources of information about alternative therapies (i.e. Jon Kaiser's book Healing HIV or the www.daair.org website).We often have minimal drug interaction... Read more »

Milk Thistle

Is this a good thing for HCV (or HIV, HVB) people to take???...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I think the answer is that we still don't know.A systematic review was performed in 2007 of 18 studies of milk thistle. The authors found that only a quarter of these studies were well-designed to answer that question and these did not prove a... Read more »

Milk Thistle

Hello Dr. Young,Back in 2007 a question was brought to your atttention about milk thistle and the use of it. You responded that you would not recommend it due to the lack of info on side affects associated with it. The 2008 Aids conferance did some...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your follow up.Milk thistle is touted to have beneficial effects for persons with liver disease, particularly hepatitis C. I'm principally concerned over two key issues. First, IMHO, the data on the benefit of thistle has... Read more »
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HIV and milk

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can I get HIV from milk? I read I can in People magazine.

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How is HIV passed from one person to another?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal fluid, or breast milk from an infected person enters the body of an uninfected person.
HIV can enter the body through a vein (e.g., injection drug use), the... Read more »

Kissing a HIV- person

Posted by gordon, 9 Replies
Unless I am mistaken if you kiss a person mouth to mouth and one of you is have HIV+ and the HIV+ person has a small cut in the gums or in the mouth area. The suliva with a small potion of blood will be trasmitted, hence making the other person... Read more »

a lot of HIV virus in the milk?

Posted by aspn, 3 Replies
I bought a carton of milk 3 days ago, i drank it this morning, and i found the milk carton has a lot of blood on the carton, I am afraid , will someone intentionally given the blood in the carton and i drank it? I was afraid that there is... Read more »