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Taking Immune Boosters or Vitamins Can Cure AIDS

There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. Vitamin supplements and immune boosters may be taken to supplement health but they cannot cure HIV or AIDS.

Immune boosters are said to stimulate the production of white blood cells which are the cells of the immune system which fight off invading bacteria and viruses. However what must be taken into account is that there are different types of white blood cells and HIV targets only one type of these cells, the T helper cell. This makes the administration and functioning of immune boosters quite complex. There is much debate about whether or not immune boosters actually work.

Supplements, also known as vitamins, provide the body with micronutrients which are the minerals and vitamins that the body needs to function efficiently. It has been shown that HIV-positive persons have lower levels of vitamins A, B12, C and D as well as carotenoids, selenium, iron and zinc.

According to the Avert website, knowledge of how effective supplements are in maintaining the health of HIV-positive persons is inadequate. Arguments as to which minerals or vitamins accelerate or decelerate HIV progression are also varied and sometimes contradictory. Large doses of particular vitamins can in fact be harmful.

Which Immune boosters and supplements are taken are influenced by factors such as the individual’s age, gender and lifestyle. There is also evidence that some supplements stop Anti-retro-viral treatment (ART) from working properly.

It is always advisable to consult your medical practitioner before taking vitamin supplements and/or immune boosters if you are HIV-positive, especially if you are taking anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) as part of your treatment.

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The project is jointly managed by the Anova Health Institute and the Journalism and Media Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand. The project is funded by by the Health Communication Partnership based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Centre for Communication Programmes and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief through the United States Agency for International Development under terms of Award No. JH/HESA-02-05 and through the Anova Health Institute through PEPFAR via USAID under Award No. AID-674-A-12-00015.