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Interleukin-2 And Hiv

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What Is Interleukin-2? Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a protein made by the body. T-helper cells, a kind of white blood cell, produce IL-2 when they are stimulated by an infection. IL-2 makes infection-fighting cells multiply and mature. Patients who use IL-2 have large increases in their CD4 cell counts. IL-2 is called an immune modulator. Interleukin-2 has been approved by the FDA to treat some types of cancer, but is not approved for use in HIV...
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Interleukin-2 hiv treatment dosag

what is best dosage...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Interleukin-2 has not been approved for the treatment of HIV infection since there has been no study that has clearly demonstrated a significant clinical benefit (prevention of death or AIDS related problems). Il-2 is relatively expensive and has... Read more »


Dear Doc. Thanks for being available to our doubts. I am a young medical student ,HIV+, on HAART for 3 years , planning to start interleukin cycles. (9 millions subcutaneous during 6 days every 8 weeks) My last tests were VIRAL LOAD: 710 copies per...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Dear A. Although I don't necessarily understand why you are in need of interleukin-2, I can reassure you that there is no reason to believe that it will induce tumor growth or other malignancies. In fact, it is FDA-approved as a means to shrink... Read more »


My CD4 stay low even two years after I started HAART (VL undetectable). My doctor said I might consider an interleukin treatment. What is your opinion? Is this a good idea? Are there specific risks and are the "new" CD4 built up under the...
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
Interleukin 2 has been studied and used in HIV infection for the last 15 years. We still don't know the correct dose or how often to give it, or whether people who use it live longer. That said, we know that giving it can increase CD4 cells... Read more »


What is interleukin? What do they expect it to do? Can it prevent the syndrome of A.I.D.S?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Interleukins (IL) are a family of immune "hormones" that are naturally produced by the body.There are clinical trials ongoing to assess whether their use for the treatment of HIV might be of benefit, though the upshot of these data so far... Read more »
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Could someone please explain

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Could someone tell me what the test called HSF helper/suppressor quantition test looks for? I have searched the web and can't find a thing.

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IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases

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IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases in HIV-Infected Patients

By Deborah Mitchell

TORONTO, Sep 20 (Reuters Health) - The addition of recombinant interleukin-2 (IL-2) to an HIV antiretroviral therapy produces an increase in CD4+ T-cell counts,... Read more »

HIV-Negative AIDS?

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"Idiopathic CD4+ T-lymphocytopenia, or ICL, is an immunodeficiency syndrome in which human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, cannot be detected. Because HIV is the causative agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), ICL can be referred to... Read more »