…The trust aims to test 2,500 outpatients across six London hospitals this week, including the Royal London, in what is thought to be the biggest testing campaign of its kind ever in the UK. It wants to remove the stigma of an HIV test.
Since very few people out of the non-risk groups develop AIDS (well, you can’t call most AIDS-defining illnesses that without HIV positivity) this is a waste of time, and at worst it will ensnare people who are perfectly fine or need treatment for a specific illness.
…Alan, a 70-year-old Londoner, spent 12 months of illness recently without a diagnosis because none of the doctors who saw him thought of offering him an HIV test.
…”Having been found to be positive at almost seventy years old was a massive shock but once it had sunk in I did feel somewhat let down that nobody had suggested it before, despite the otherwise wonderful care I had received.
How long has Alan been HIV+? Nobody can be sure. Furthermore, one can make a fair judgement that a 70yr-old man is not engaging in promiscuous sex or drug use. Is any partner or ex he had HIV+?
[Source: Channel 4 News]
A study published Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that long-term (24-month) supplementation with multivitamins plus the mineral selenium delayed the onset of AIDS symptoms for patients recently diagnosed as infected with HIV.
“Quack” vitamin peddlers suddenly don’t look so irresponsible.
…Researchers from FIU and Harvard University followed 878 HIV-infected patients in Botswana, a nation in Africa where HIV infection is prevalent, and tracked the progression of their disease for two years, finding that patients who received daily supplements of vitamins B, C and E plus selenium had a lower risk of depleting the number of immune response cells in their bodies. The supplements also reduced the risk of other measures of disease progression, including AIDS symptoms and AIDS-related deaths, of which there were four in the study group.
…Vitamins B, C and E are essential for maintaining a responsive immune system, and selenium also plays an important role in the immune system…
…Baum said, “and if people don’t take additional vitamins and minerals they become deficient, which in turn impacts immunity.” [emphasis added] These latest findings suggest that AIDS may in fact occur due to depletion of nutrients essential to a healthy immune system… [emphasis added]
…It appears that AIDS can often be prevented in those diagnosed HIV+ by applying nutritional interventions. [emphasis added] This may be especially important in places like Africa, where malnutrition and lack of access to nutritious food and supplements is common, a situation that is likely to foster AIDS deaths (or deaths related to immune system breakdown, whether or not HIV is involved).