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Should I Take Multivitamin If I Have Hiv

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Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I read in an HIV magazine in a study of persons with HIV that those on a mega multivitamin regime had a much higher % had greater longevity and better health than those not taking
them (they did have CD4 counts under 200, so for those like myself who... Read more »

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Can anyone tell me which books are the best for me to get and read. Especially when it comes to nutirtion, vitamins, and my first year. I found some info online and it has me alittle worried that I have not been doing so great in eating or vitamins.... Read more »

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Does daily multivitamins supplyments give incorrect HIV test result?

Dear Doc,I actually tested negative both at 9 weeks and 13 weeks after exposure. But lately I read something on the internet that says daily multivitamins supplyments intake can reduce HIV progression or delay onset of AIDS. Since I do take...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Multivitamins, despite whatever nonsense you read on the Internet, do not reduce HIV progression or delay the onset of AIDS. They also do not affect HIV test results.Explain why it's irrelevant? Well, it's irrelevant because there is... Read more »

HIV medication and multivitamins

My sister is in her 2nd month of ARVs, she is on Stavir, lamividine, stocrin and cozole. She is very week, always tired and sleepy and having headaches.She is also on High Blood pressure medication. What multivitamins and immune boosters can you...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I generally recommend uses of a good standard multi-vitamin with minerals one daily is usually sufficient. Chinese herbal tea is usually OK to take with stocrin based regimens. Good nutrition is important for clinical recovery/benefit in the... Read more »

Atripla & Multivitamins

I recently started HIV treatment, having been prescribed Atripla to also treat my Chronic Hepatitis B as well. Many friends have told me to start taking a supplement as well, so I was wondering what multivitamin supplement I should take...I've...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
I try to stay away from herbs since we do not know the interaction of most with HAART. A simple multivitamin three times a day with food is good. I like the Energy Caps by SuperNutrition or any multivitamin made by Jarrow since I have seen these... Read more »

Use of High Dosage Multivitamin to "delay" onset of treatment

Dear DocThe Johns Hopkins guide to living with HIV infection states to be careful not to use high doses of multivitamins without checking with one's doctor. What are the risks? I am not on medication yet and have read DR. Kaiser's...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I think the major concern is when these vitamins are taken during HIV therapy due to potential interactions. If you are not on HIV meds, I see no harm.As far as whether vitamins will keep HIV at bay, I am dubious. I was around before we had kick... Read more »
HIV i-Base

High-Dose Multivitamin Use in Advanced HIV Has No Benefit to CD4 and Viral Load and May Cause Liver Toxicity

Whether daily micronutrient supplements improve health has for decades been a hotly debated question. In recent years several large studies have been published and received wide publicity. Results, whether in trials for HIV positive or HIV negative... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Multivitamins May Slow Progression of HIV for Patients in Earliest Phase of Disease, Study Says

HIV-positive women who take a multivitamin once daily are 30% less likely than those who do not take the supplements to progress to the latest stage of HIV, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Multivitamins Help Delay Antiretroviral Use Among New HIV Patients in Africa, Study Shows

"New research from Africa suggests that basic multivitamin and selenium supplements might greatly lower the risk that untreated people with the AIDS virus will get sicker over a two-year period," HealthDay News reports (Dotinga, 11/26). "Patients... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tanzania: Infants Benefit When HIV-Positive Moms Take a Multivitamin

HIV-positive pregnant women in Tanzania who took multivitamins reduced the chances that their infants would have developmental delays, according to new research. The findings support current recommendations to give multivitamin supplements and... Read more »