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Taking Banlec With Hiv Meds

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WORRIED PATIENT: BANLEC AND HIV

HI, HAPPY NEW YEAR DOCTOR,PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE WHICH STATES THE EFFECT OF A BANANA LECTIN TO PREVENT HIV TRANSMISSION BY BLOCKING GP120. http://www.jbc.org/content/285/12/8646.full.pdf+htmlCAN THE SAME MOLECULE INCREASE CD4 COUNT IN HIV POSITIVE...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for the article.The study reported that in the test tube, this product of the banana can block HIV attaching to the t cell. They want to use it as a microbicide, which means it would be applied in a gel to the vaginal lining (or possible the... Read more »

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Treatment Action Group

Bananas Over BanLec

A study just published in the Journal of Biochemistry has generated a great deal of press coverage because it reports that a compound derived from bananas can inhibit HIV in a lab dish. The substance, a banana lectin known as BanLec, was first... Read more »
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A Day in the Life Video Series: George Burgess on Addiction Recovery and Taking HIV Meds

Keeping up with HIV meds often means having to weave daily doses into a busy life. How do other HIVers do it? In each episode of this video series, we'll take a peek into the day-to-day routine of a person who's living with HIV, taking HIV meds, and... Read more »
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Garbo Chang on Taking HIV Meds From 9-to-5 to Vacation Time (Video)

Keeping up with HIV meds often means having to weave daily doses into a busy life. How do other HIVers do it? In each episode of this video series, we'll take a peek into the day-to-day routine of a person who's living with HIV, taking HIV meds, and... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Shows No Increase in Sexual Risk Behavior When Taking Preventive HIV Drug

"Taking a pill as a preventive measure against HIV infection may not encourage people at high risk for the disease to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new U.S. study meant to address fears about its use," Reuters reports. "The... Read more »
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taking hiv meds to Russia and Eastern Europe

Posted by Anonymous
I'm traveling to Russia and Eastern Europe this summer. I'm concerned that I might have a problem going through customs in these countries if my HIV meds are spotted. Has anyone taken their HIV meds to these countries? What happened? Any advice?... Read more »

22 poz..stopped taking meds/not disclosing status

Posted by Anonymous, 16 Replies
i was diagnosed hiv+ december 2003. i had an insane viral load of over a million. my initial cd4 was 280. i began taking medication and within 2 months i gained back the 50 pounds of weight i lost and became healthier than ive ever been before. i... Read more »

Just found out, husband stopped taking meds ...

Posted by Zaverolis, 2 Replies
almost 9 months ago. He has been in the best condition health wise since I've known him. 2 years ago, he was diagnosed with non hodgekins lymphoma. Prior to this, he was told he had AIDS and was taking aids meds since 2000.

Now, I am thinking... Read more »

When does a person start taking ARV meds?

Posted by Carrie, 5 Replies
My boyfriends CD4 count is over 1100 and his Viral count is under 400. From my own researching, this appears to still be ok (considering the circumstances of course). He said though that today at the dr they want to start him on antiretroviral... Read more »