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This could be due to low DHEA.

Posted by jamesmhoward on 23 Jul 2008 at 20:48 GMT

In 1985 I first suggested that low DHEA may result in HIV infection and that loss of DHEA may actually be the cause of AIDS symptoms. The first reports of low DHEA in AIDS appeared in 1989.

It is known that DHEA protects against schistosomiasis (Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Jun 15;42(12):1692-8). I suggest the findings of Chenine, et al., may represent increased susceptibility to the HIV as a result of already low DHEA.