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Zinc And Hiv

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Taking too much zinc

I heard that HIV-positive people should NOT take too much zinc. I forgot why. Do you know?...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
Probably the reason you have heard cautions on taking too much zinc is because of the epidemiological observations that a group of HIV-positive people who took more zinc progressed more quickly to AIDS. The concern is that excessive zinc can impair... Read more »

zinc isotopes

Dear Expert;I have been reading about the need the HIV virus has for zinc. Has there been any investigations, or any considerations given to using the various forms of zinc including, but not limited to radioactive and other isotopes to treat the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your provocative post.Zinc is an essential element, not just for HIV, but also for human cells. Consequently, zinc would not be a very selective anti-viral.BY... Read more »

zinc-could this be the wonder drug?

Hi doc.maybe we are going too far looking for the solution to aids treatment.look at the effects of zinc deplation in the body then compare with aids symptoms.now give the patient zinc and guess what can happen.maybe the solution is here.will the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
I don't think that we've gone far enough in our research for HIV therapies.Data on zinc has not been convincing for the treatment of the common cold, never mind HIV. A recent analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at... Read more »

Zinc or Not?

I have taken supplements since the early 1990s (first under Dr. Joan Priestly in L.A.)to fight HIV. It has worked well, until overconfidence made me lax. Now I am starting HAART and getting back on supplements.Under Priestly I took 50 mg+ of zinc...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Zinc is essential for skin and hair health, for testosterone production, and for immune function. There was one poorly designed study pre-Haart that found that people with higher zinc levels were dying faster. I doubt these results since the study... Read more »
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Zinc Supplements?

Posted by bartleby, 5 Replies
"I read that taking zinc has been proven to make the common cold last for a shorter time. Have you heard about this? What else does zinc do? Is zinc good for the immune systems of HIV-positive people?"
nelson vergel's response

personally, i like zinc... Read more »

Dry skin and HIV?!??

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Was just diagnosised. But am taking things with a positive outlook. Just wondered... female, 26 my skin has gotten SOOOOO dry and itchy, also have dandruff never has been this bad before. Summer heat, or something more? I haven't started any meds... Read more »

Do HIV positive people have these symptoms?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi, are dry skin / dandruff, and sweating symptoms of HIV. Over the past year I have noticed both excessive dandruff and sweating. I also have dry skin on my face and the skin on my cheeks flakes off on occasion. I dont really have night sweats,... Read more »

will vitamins and Immune system booster affect hiv test results??

Posted by xrayvison, 3 Replies
I have a quick question. I am going to get an hiv test done soon but I was wondering since I take a high dose of immune system boosters like vitamin c, zinc, and vitamin d as a supplement for healthy living, would this affect the outcome of my test... Read more »