AIDS, a holistic disease

John Cherwonogrodzky jcherwon at dres.dnd.ca
Tue Apr 2 16:11:04 EST 1996

Dear William Martinez:
     Thanks for the excellent review on HIV/AIDS. I'm a bacteriologist, not a 
virologist, and appreciated the info. A few questions I have which may 
or may not have been covered in your note are: 
     - In the early 1990s there was a few notes on the epidemiology of 
HIV/AIDS and how it was similar to hepatitis. Would the fecal/oral route 
explain the epidemiological differences of HIV/AIDS in Africa vs North America?
     - In Discover magazine, Nov. 1990, page 22, there's a note how 
herpes viruses can block growth-factors due to competition on the receptors. 
By chance years ago I came across an article (lost the reference) on how
sleep deprevation patients have symptoms similar to the initial stages of 
AIDS. Is HIV blocking nocturnal hormones (would explain recent findings of 
positive effects of melatonin.
     Take care...John

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