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Autoimmunity Assays & HIV

Oct 2, 2005

Dear Doctor Holodniy, With the recent news that an Iraeli medical team showed positive results in CD4+ T cell counts within a small cohort of HIV+ patients who received a vaccine that supposedly shut-down one or more auto-immune responses caused by HIV, I would like to know more about the auto-immune assays that presently exist.

Since I became HIV+ in late 1987, I've had minor psoriasis, enlarged parotid glands and inflammation in my spine. Are there any assays that can definitively detect an auto-immune response against my skin, tissues in my parotid glands and/or spine?

Have you ever heard of an ELISA-ACT test for immune/allergy responses?

Thank you very much,

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Don't know anything about this for HIV infection. It has been used in allergy screening, among other medical issues.

Please help, not getting satisfactory answer re: test results

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