Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1997 May; 17(5): 271-3.
[A report on 8 seronegative converted HIV/AIDS patients with traditional Chinese medicine]
China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing.
OBJECTIVE: For the first time, serum anti-HIV antibody negative conversion was being reported. METHODS: Eight confirmed HIV/AIDS patients (AC1, ARC 6, AIDS 1) were treated with TCM recipes (802, 806, 809, 810, Shengmaiyin, ZY-1), recheck the serum antibody and immunological function and intranuclear HIV-DNA was investigated with PCR amplifying assay and were long-term followed-up. RESULTS: After medication for 87-463 days, seronegative conversion occurred, PCR assay revealed that 5 cases were PCR(+), 2 of them(-), 1 turned seropositive again in the early stage. Observed continuously for 11-49 months, the "serum negative and intranuclear positive" state maintained. These patients belonged to immunosilent HIV-infection. The immunological function of all seronegative converted patients were good. CONCLUSIONS: AIDS is a reversible disease. Using medicinal herbs to enhance the immune function will facilitate the appearance of seronegative conversion, which has not been reported before. If it could be further confirmed, its mechanism elucidated, this may greatly strengthen the confidence of the patients.