HIV antiviral effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Author: Reillo MR; Altieri RJ
Source: J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care, 1996 Jan-Feb, 7:1, 43-5
Researchers have speculated that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
has an antiviral effect in HIV infection. To determine HBO’s
antiviral effect, the authors performed ex vivo and in vivo
quantitative assays on HIV-infected plasma and peripheral blood
mononuclear cells (PBMCs) at baseline and after treatment. The
authors also HBO-treated uninfected PBMCs and then exposed them to
HIV at ambient pressure. HIV viral load was decreased in the
infected cells, and few viruses entered uninfected PBMCs exposed
to HBO. The results of this study support the theory that HBO has
an antiviral effect.