Answer to a question from a reader

Can I use herbs or supplements with my ARVs?

The short answer

ARVs are good enough that you do not need to take supplements for HIV treatment

The long answer

It is difficult to say whether herbal formulas are safe because their ingredients vary so much and there aren't enough studies to look at how they interact with HIV medication. There are many possible interactions between herbs, supplements and drugs, which may make your HIV medication less effective or even cause harm to your body. Research shows that ARVs are so good that supplements are unlikely to make any difference – other than costing you money. ARVs are the only proven way to reduce viral load and increase your CD4 count. There is no evidence showing that herbs or supplements have any helpful impact.

Note: This answer was adapted from a question on i-Base. Here is a link to the original answer:

Wishing you the best,

Answered on May 4, 2023, 2:18 p.m.

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