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Can Selenium Help With HIV

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dietary Supplement Selenium Reduces HIV Viral Load, Increases CD4+ T Cell Count, Study Says

The dietary supplement selenium can reduce HIV viral loads and increase CD4+ T cell counts in HIV-positive people, according to a study published in the Jan. 22 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine , the Los Angeles Times reports (Chong, ... Read more »
CDC National Prevention Information Network

Multivitamin-Selenium Combo May Delay Ill Health, Mortality From AIDS When Antiretrovirals Are Unavailable

This article was reported by Harvard School of Public Health News . Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) News reported on a study of a special multivitamin with selenium that could slow progression to ill health significantly in HIV-positive... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Examination of Inequalities in HIV/AIDS Mortality in the United States From a Fundamental Cause Perspective

In the current study, the researchers assessed changes in socioeconomic status (SES) and black and white inequalities in HIV/AIDS mortality prior to and after the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Taking a fundamental... Read more »
Ask the Experts


Hey Doc,I was recently diagnosed HIV positive. I just got back from a natural vitiamin shop and I'm so confused. The guy there suggested I buy all sorts of expensive vitamins and said I should take selenium as well. I'll go broke if I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Dexter,Did Vitamin-Boy happen to mention what medical school he graduated from? No? Hmm . . . what a surprise. Chances are he's a beauty school dropout who works on commission selling high-priced vitamins that will do little for you other than... Read more »

Selenium question

Hello! Question, I recently had my examns for t cell count and HIV copy count and the results came a bit dissapointing for the T cell. My T cell count came back at 245, is there any way I can improve these T cell numbers? Also I am still showing up...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
You don't indicate what your previous CD4 count and percents were before this result. So hard to know the significance of your result. If you are asking whether a selenium supplement would help, perhaps, but probably not to any significant... Read more »

Selenium-Brazil Nut

Doc,the question is this,how many nut can we consume a day to avoid causing toxis situations to the body,I read that two(2) brazil nut(with shell) is ok to produce 200mcg the body needed daily,one is 100mcg,we dont have such in europe cos of EU...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Sorry, I don't use Brazil nuts as an HIV therapy. What I can do is post below an excerpt from an article about nutrition for HIV-poz folks that focuses on vitamins, minerals and supplements. Hopefully you will find it helpful.Good... Read more »

ART and Selenium immunace

I want to find out. Since i started taking ARVS my highest cd4 count was 299 and last july 211. I have started suplementing my diet with selenium immunace. My viro load is <40 detected RNA. What should i do apart from taking selenium immunace to...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Selenium has been shown to have modest effects on CD4 counts, but overall, the <a href="" target=_new>study results</a> are mixed.Your undetectable viral... Read more »
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HELP ! HELP ! Possible HIV Infection ???

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
This incident happened in a fast-food joint on 14 Jul 2000. It is my habit to rinse my mouth after every meal hence I went to toilet.

I squirted some "hand-wash" from its dispenser and proceeded to wash my hands then filled my mouth with tap-water... Read more »

Help need for my HIV+ bf from HIV+ girl !!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
hi everybody.
My boyfriend is HIV+ and has a wish !
Please could a HIV+ girl help us ????
Nothing sexual or similar. Please !
Thanks very much indeed.

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Hiv symptom or Anxiety? Hiv test this friday, scared! HELP!?

Posted by jessicajane, 1 Reply
So I'm a 24 heterosexual female and I have has risky sexual encounters. My last boyfriend I had got tested for hiv and he was negative. However my current boyfriend has not had an hiv test and I don't know his current status. We have been in a... Read more »