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May 28, 2003

According to my colleagues at a biochemistry department, the HIV virus isnt completely responsible for the depletion of cd4 cells. My friends claim that HIV infects cd4 and other cells and the bodys own defense system destroy these cells because it sees them as a foreign substance. If this is true, why what would happen if the human immune system didnt see HIV infected cd4 cells as foreign bodies. Would this result in the preservation of cd4 cells?

Just a thought.

Response from Dr. Boyle

No. In fact, one of the problems in patients who have progressive HIV disease is actually the lack of an adequate HIV-specific immune response.



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