Your Health: Jul. 17, 2000

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HIV HELP More hope on the AIDS front. A new study shows that adding the immune-system stimulant interleukin-2 to the usual brew of AIDS drugs can more than double T-cell counts in patients infected with HIV. Plus, in a surprise for researchers, blood levels of HIV dropped slightly too. Both findings are decidedly encouraging, though it's too early to know for sure whether revving up T cells this way will delay the onset of full-blown AIDS. And there's a price: the interleukin-2 was injected twice daily for five days every eight weeks, during which time patients felt feverish, achy...

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