Simple dietary supplements could help stave off AIDS

Many people newly infected with HIV stayed healthy on regimen involving multivitamins and selenium

By Nathan Seppa, 10:22 AM November 27, 2013

HIV-positive people who take multivitamins plus selenium fend off the virus’s effects better than those who don’t take the supplements, researchers report in the Nov. 27 JAMA.

For the study, scientists enrolled 878 adults in Botswana who were diagnosed with HIV but hadn’t begun any treatment. They were randomly designated to receive a multivitamin plus selenium for two years, selenium alone, a multivitamin alone or a placebo.

Compared with the placebo group, those getting the multivitamin-and-s...

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