Answers from Dr. Kaiser
Question:I am a 49 year old woman with HIV. I am doing very well on a medication regimen of Viramune, Combivir, and Viread. My viral load is under 50 copies but my CD4 count ranges between only 250 and 300 cells. My general health is excellent; I seldom have even minor complaints such as colds.
Currently I take a multivitamin, B-100 complex, coQ10, and NAC twice per day. Would switching to the single dose formula of K-PAX immune Support Formula be sufficient to replace this?
Your book was one of the first resources I used when diagnosed in 1998. I believe it has helped me remain healthy and strong.
Thank you so much, Alice.
Dr. Kaiser replies:
I am glad to hear that you are feeling so well and have an undetectable viral load. However, I agree that you would be doing even better if your CD4 cell count was to climb.
While there are a number of factors that could be responsible for your CD4 count remaining level, there are a few specific ones that you should investigate.
First of all, I recommend that anyone who is HIV(+) get tested for intestinal parasites since this infection can be a hidden cause of immune system stress.
Third, patients taking AZT (a component of Combivir) do not get as high a CD4 count boost as those taking other antiviral medications because AZT can be toxic to the bone marrow. You might ask your doctor to switch the AZT out in favor of another medication. I am confident that if you make the above changes to your program you will see your CD4 count again begin to climb.
Keep Hope Alive!
Dr. Jon Kaiser
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