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Can A Person With HIV Take St. John's Wort

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St. John's Wort (Hypericin)

What Is St. John's Wort? What Are the Benefits of St. John's Wort? Why Do People With HIV Use St. John's Wort? How Is St. John's Wort Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Does It Interact With Other Therapies? The Bottom Line What Is St. John's Wort? St. John's Wort is a flowering plant. ("Wort" is an old English word for an herb or plant.) It grows in many parts of the world. Its scientific name is hypericum perforatum. All of the...
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st johns wort as anti-viral

my cousin is a chiropractor and uses natural herbs and such in his practice. i talked about treatment options with him and he suggested a strong dose of st johns wort, not as an anti-depressant, but as an anti-viral. what are your thoughts on this?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
I would be very skeptical of this claim.Indeed, the use of St. John's wort in persons with HIV is cautioned, since the herb can seriously affect the levels of certain HIV medications, like protease inhibitors. BY... Read more »

False negative HIV test from St John's wort?

Hi Would taking daily supplements such as St Johns Wort cause a false negative HIV test?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
No.... Read more »

Saint John's Wort for depression - interaction with HIV meds?

Dear Dr. Gallant: There has been a lot of talk recently about the effectiveness of Hypericum (Saint John's Wort) in the treatment of depression. I suffer from depression myself and have been considering starting SJW. My question is this: I am...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
We generally know very little about drug interactions between alternativetherapies and approved medications. Drug interaction studies are complex andexpensive and tend only to be performed to look for interactions betweencommonly combined... Read more »

Is St John's Wort safe for HIV Woman

Hi,I am a 34 yr old woman who has been POZ since approx 1986. I'm on viramume/combivir and glucophage the latter prescribed for insilun resistance. My first combo was viracept/combivir but because of the lipo (fatty stomach) I decided to...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
We do not have enough information on the use of St Johns wort and I would advise against its use. John L. Sullivan, M.D.... Read more »
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taking st. john's wort?

Posted by Anonymous
I am working on a cover story for US News and World Report about dietary supplements. There have been some findings that taking St. John's Wort can interfere with the effectiveness of protease inhibitors. If this has happened to you or you know of... Read more »

Yes, another oral worry wort!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
About 3 years ago, I was the insertive partner in fellatio. I do not know the HIV status of the guy that "performed". In fact, I had never met him in my life. (stupid, I know) However, after this incident, I came down with the worst sore throat... Read more »

JOHNS HIV POSITIVE

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
LET IT GO JOHN YOU HAVE HIV! THIS WACKO INVITES PEOPLE TO CALL HIM AND WRITE HIM LETTERS. WHAT A SICKO HE LIVES IN ENGLAND AND INVITES PEOPLE TO COME SEE HIM AND CALL HIM TO DISCUSS THAT HE IS HIV POSITIVE. LISTEN YOU SICKO LET IT GO YOU ARE... Read more »

About JOHN IN LONDON.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
ok, first of all let me say that JOHN, i am not attacking you in anyway. many people have tried to reach out to john and be supportive to him and his concerns. although he is pretty much in the WW hall of fame now, most of us here can be sympathetic... Read more »