Low dose oral alpha-interferon therapy for patients seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1).
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Thirty eight symptomatic and two asymptomatic patients seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) were treated with a natural human interferon alpha (HuIFN alpha). Patients were given 2 IU/kg HuIFN alpha orally once daily in powdered maltose held in the mouth to promote mucosal absorption. This oral immunomodulating HuIFN alpha therapy resulted in an increase in CD4+ lymphocytes, an increase in weight, and a dramatic alleviation of clinical symptoms related to HIV-1 infection.