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Invading healthy cells with hiv?
Sep 27, 2005

Dr Pierone, I was wondering if a person with hiv, is at risk of more cells being invaded by the hiv virus when they become ill with a cold, other then when not being sick with a cold . Since the body will defend itself when getting sick, does hiv take advantage and dig in deeper to a persons immune system during these times and hide for future attacks? Thanks for your time...

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Hello and thanks for posting. There is evidence that other infections stimulate an immune response which may lead to a temporary increase in HIV replication. This is thought to be one of the reasons that smokers (who are more prone to chronic bronchial infections) progress more rapidly with HIV infection. One of the benefits of HAART is that it typically blunts or prevents infection-triggered spikes in HIV replication.



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