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Can Folic Acid Help With HIV

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The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...left untreated, anemia is strongly associated with HIV disease progression and an increased risk of death. What Causes Anemia? There are many possible causes of anemia, including: A shortage of the B vitamins: B12 and folic acid (folate) A shortage of iron, which is most commonly due to blood loss from internal bleeding, frequent nosebleeds, or heavy or long menstrual periods HIV infection itself Many opportunistic infections...
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Can Vitamins Help?

I have been HIV positive for 6 years now and not on ART yet,my CD4 count is 241,i only take Vitamins C 1,000 - 1,500 mg,Vit E Omega Oil,Cod liver oil,Folic Acid 400mg,Evening Primrose and Selinum Immunace,these drugs have boosted my immunity,should...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...but what I can say is that your current CD4 count is in a range that places you at increasing risk of having life-threatening HIV/AIDS complications.If I were you, I'd save the money spent on vitamins (except maybe for a standard multivitamin and... Read more »

enlarged red blood cells

can you tell me the relevence if the red blood cells are found to be enlarged?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...alcohol abuse, malabsorption, medication toxicity, and selected medical conditions like pregnancy, all of which can lead to folic acid deficiency. Like Cobalamin deficiency, folic acid deficiency results in macrocytic anemia with enlarged red... Read more »

Weaking up to numbness

Hello & thanks for your great job!For the last few months I wake up in the middle of the night due to the numbness in my hands, once I wake up and start moving my hands it goes away, kind of when your leg goes to sleep and after you move it it...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...AIDS A3 probably refers to the CDC HIV Classification system. A3 means either asymptomatic or acute HIV infection with CD4 count at some point < 200 cells/mm3. Usually Read more »

HepC/HIV coinfected taking iron

I am coinfected and I take iron daily and folic acid twice daily. I have been recently been given by the doc a prenatal multivitamin(I am not pregnant). Sould I discontinue the iron and folic acid? Is there too much iron in my system? The first few...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...If you have evidence of iron deficiency then talking iron likely is a good idea. Additional folic acid may be a good idea particularly if you have been tested and shown to have a low folic acid level. Many multivitamins with minerals Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Vitamins and Minerals

...B Vitamins: Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin), and Folate (Folic Acid). Antioxidants , including beta-carotene (the body breaks down beta-carotene to make Vitamin A), selenium,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...However, a high MCV can indicate megaloblastic anemia, where red blood cells are large and pale. This is caused by a shortage of folic acid. While the MCV measures the average size of red blood cells, the RDW (Red Blood Cell Distribution Width) ... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...(prenatal vitamins are different from regular multivitamins; make sure you get the right one) taking 1 to 5 milligrams of folic acid once a day for one to three months before getting pregnant and during your pregnancy getting 1,500... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...groups. What Causes Anemia? The bone marrow produces red blood cells. This process requires iron, the vitamins B 12 and folic acid (or folate). Erythropoietin (EPO) stimulates the production of red blood cells. EPO is a hormone made by the... Read more »
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Am I Infected

Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »


Posted by taurusthecat, 3 Replies
...antioxidant supplement, a once daily multi-vitamin (for minerals), lecithin (for brain function and fat metabolism), iron and folic acid (to aid oxygen binding to my red blood cells and stop my hair from falling out, it works for me, don't... Read more »

Have I Gone from HIV to AIDS? HELP!!!!

Posted by CLT, 4 Replies
...a prescription for Atripla. Thank GOD I have good insurance and will be able to afford the drugs. Questions? Do I now have AIDS? Will things be instantly better once I start meds this weekend? Anyone out there on Atripla who has NEVER been on... Read more »

Problematic Weight Gain

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...By they way, I'm 6'1" 300 lbs and am taking 8 different drugs now with no apparent side effects other than low phosphorus and folic acid levels. Read more »