June #24 : To B or Not to B - by Walter Armstrong and Ronnilyn Pustil

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Nowhere Else to Go

Great Escapes

Gotta Light?

The Great Sex Debate

Made in Japan

Clipped Wings

The Vinyl Solution

Into the Woods

Hazel's House

Open Windows

S.O.S.-June 1997

Mailbox-June 1997

Ad Lip

A Higher Standard

Just Not Like a Prayer

Who's Sore-y Now?

Say What-June 1997

Devil to Pay

Web of Cries

On Pins and Needles

Fatal Attraction

Cocktails for Kids

To B or Not to B

Pot Doc Stalked

Obituaries

Alexander the Great(ish)

POZ Picks-June 1997

Skin Traders

Absolutely Fabregas

Barbarians at the Gates

Borders on Madness

A Second Look

Painful Truths

Before the Revolution

Riding Bareback

The Fleecing of Oprah

Barrier Blues

Mixed and Matched

To Tell the Truth

The Borders of Health

Road Trip Grub Tips

Following Your HAART

TLC for Your Largest Organ

Art and Soul

Farewells



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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June 1997

To B or Not to B

by Walter Armstrong and Ronnilyn Pustil

Vitamin B-12 levels linked to survival

What makes one person with HIV stay well longer than another? Gene mutation? Viral strain? A new study says vitamin B-12 may play a role. Johns Hopkins University researchers have found that of 310 HIV positive gay and bisexual men, those with adequate B-12 levels did not progress to AIDS for about eight years, compared to only four years for those deficient. No benefits were seen in the few with surplus B-12. Dr. Alice Tang, who led the study, called for trials to confirm the link and to “see if improvement in the levels of nutrients like B-12, with vitamin supplements, improves outcome.” B-12 is found in such animal products as meat, eggs and milk.



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