It is now being debated whether meth's ravaging effect on the immune system actually replicates many of the symptoms associated with full-blown AIDS regardless of whether HIV - or rather the antibodies that suggest infection - is present, in much the way that AZT is increasingly suspected of inducing and accelerating full-
blown AIDS symptoms and premature death in patients due to its high toxicity. Some MSM believed to be immune to contracting HIV, perhaps due to a rare protective protein in their blood, have developed full-
blown AIDS only since becoming addicted to crystal.
• Accelerates HIV replication five to 15 times faster than the replication of HIV not exposed to meth - thereby triggering the onset of full-blown AIDS - due to the erosion of the immune system caused by missed meals, vitamin depletion, weight loss and disrupted sleep patterns;