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Taking Hypericin When You're Hiv Positive

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St. John's Wort (Hypericin)

...collected while the plant is flowering. St. John's Wort has traditionally been used to treat bruises, burns, and mild depression or anxiety. St. John's Wort contains many different substances that work together. A major compound is hypericin. What Are the Benefits of St. John's Wort? Currently, the major use of St. John's Wort is to treat mild depression or anxiety. In 1996, the British Medical Journal published a review of...
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Employer Finding Out You're HIV+

Will my company insurance carrier report my HIV+ status to my employer once they start to see HIV meds and treatment claims by my doctor?
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Not unless they want to risk losing their license to provide insurance. They can provide aggregate data to employers who are their clients, but they are barred by law from providing information with an employee's name linked to it. Read more »


Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...There have not been studies which indicate benefit for people with HIV from herbal supplements. Several, notably St Johns Wort (hypericin) and garlic supplements, have harmful interactions with some of the proven HIV meds, reducing their... Read more »

Any relation between viral inhibitors and antibodies?

Dr. Feinberg, I am trying desperately to get an answer on this subject. 3 mos ago I was exposed to HIV. I knew I had to wait at least 3 mos to get tested. The anxiety was too much for me so I started taking St. John's Wort to get my emotions...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...We tested a purer form of St John's wart (hypericin) a few years ago and found it to be toxic but not very effective against HIV. Your use of this product should not interfere Read more »


I was diagnoised 12 years ago with HIV,and to this day I have never been on any medications. I've never been sick from this disease. I would like to know if there is a possibility that my results might be a false positve.
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Your story is uncommon, but not unheard of.If there's any doubt about your diagnosis, a simple follow up ELISA test with a vira load test should confirm things. BY Read more »
PWA Health Group

Hypericin/St. John's Wort Info Sheet

... What Is It Really? St. John's Wort is a naturally occurring herb which contains a chemical called hypericin. Synthetic forms of hypericin are under investigation as an anti-HIV treatment. The herbal product is available through Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

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