|HIV and eosinophils
Apr 30, 2006
Does HIV infect eosinophils, if yes, what will be the significance of the infection in AIDS patients coinfected by parasites that cause eosinophilia
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
There is scant literature on this topic. However, there are a couple of papers that demonstrate that eosinophils have CD4 receptors and can be infected with HIV strains in the laboratory. Many patients infected with HIV have a slightly elevated eosinophil count, although there is conflicting data regarding any correlation with CD4 count or viral load. The correlation between HIV infection, parasite infection and eosinophilia is poorly understood.
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