Vitamins boost immune system in early HIV disease

The study of nearly 900 HIV-positive men and women in Botswana showed that, compared to placebo, those taking combination B, C and E vitamins plus selenium had a lower risk of reaching a CD4 cell count of 250/uL.

Although WHO recommends initiation of antiretroviral therapy at a CD4 cell count of 500/uL or less, many low resource nations are unable to provide the drugs to all eligible patients, the researchers said.

Alternative interventions, including those which boost the immune system,