The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health

Biochemical and hematological manifestations of HIV/AIDS in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

PMID 11944706


HIV/AIDS is a multifactorial and multi-step disease. No single treatment against AIDS can save a patient. Our last report showed that vitamin A, vitamin E and beta-carotene were decreased while malondialdehyde (MDA) was increased. This report aims to evaluate biochemical and hematological parameters in HIV/AIDS patients in Chiang Mai, Thailand by holistic approaches. Sera from HIV/AIDS patients were examined for sugar, cholesterol, uric acid, total protein, albumin, urea, creatinine, AST, ALT, ALP, total/direct bilirubin, vitamin E, MDA, total antioxidant capacity (TAC), beta-carotene, complete blood cell counts, platelet count, CD4 count, prothrombin time, partial prothrombin time and soluble Fas (sFas). The results found that sFas levels in sera prior to holistic approach was not different from reference values and not significantly correlate with CD4 and absolute lymphocyte count. sFas could not serve as putative marker for CD4 destruction. After 3 months CD4 count, MDA, vitamin E and TAC did not change statistically. This approach had no effect on liver and kidney functions, red blood cell, white blood cell, platelet counts, and blood clotting factors. This presentation may be some alternative approaches to combat HIV infections and AIDS, leading to stabilize or extend survival time which should further be elucidated.