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Is frequent use of alcohol linked to faster HIV progression?

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Asked by ankit shivam, 15 May '10 10:44 am
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Scientists have claimed that HIV tends to progress at a faster rate in infected individuals who consume two or more alcoholic drinks a day.

According to an important new paper in 'AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses' journal, frequent alcohol use accelerates HIV disease progression -- in fact, two or more drinks a day is associated with declining CD4+ cell counts which indicate a weakened immune system in patients.

Based on the results of a 30-month prospective study, the scientists led by Florida International University, have concluded that alcohol has a direct effect on CD4 cells and that the accelerated decline in CD4+ cell counts in frequent alcohol users is due to drinking.

In their study, the scientists demonstrated that children who were infected with HIV while in utero via maternal-fetal transmission, were subsequently given antiretroviral therapy, and had no detectable HIV in their blood, still produced neutralising antibodies against HIV.
Answered by Salma, 15 May '10 11:00 am

 
  
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Frequent use of Alcohol causes dysfunction of lever and immunity system gets reduced accordingly.
If immunity system is impaired you get prone to HIV.
Answered by Kanai Chakraberti, 15 May '10 10:50 am

 
  
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Yes. Frequent use of alcohol collapse the immunity system of the body and the same is done by the virus of aids.
Answered by Dinesh Manaktala, 15 May '10 10:48 am

 
  
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I don't think so.
Answered by Jiya Sahgal, 15 May '10 10:46 am

 
  
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Yes...
Answered by thyagarajan mahadevan, 15 May '10 10:46 am

 
  
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