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Stress and its effects on the immune system
Nov 2, 2000

Does the amount of stress in ones life effect the efficiency of a person's immune system who has AIDS or HIV?

Response from Mr. Shernoff

There is an entire relatively new field in psychology and psychiatry called "Psychoneuroimmunology" which is currently researching the connections between stress, anxiety, depression and how these impact upon a person's health and immune system. The early research has indeed demonstrated that there is direct connection between the amount of stress a person feels and the level of his or her immune functioning.

Michael Shernoff, MSW



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