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      #25576 - 12/14/01 09:03 PM

What are antigens? Are antibodies the same thing as the CD4 type of t-cells? What are CD8 t-cells? What is a macrpophage? Is a retrovirus the same thing as a lentivirus? What is DNA? Who is OJ? Am I asking too many questions? Is is ok to laugh when you are depressed over hiv? Please respond to any or all of the above.



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Re: immune system new
      #25592 - 12/15/01 09:03 AM

CD4's are not the same as antibodies. CD4's are the type of cell HIV targets in order to reproduce.

To put it simply: CD4 cells are a part of the immune system. The virus enters the cell and replicates. It then bursts out killing the CD4 cell. Treatment targets specific cycles in the replication process. Some keep the virus out of the cell. Some gum up the receptor sites. etc. It the viral load goes down, then there is less virus to replicate and kill the CD4 cells.

Macrpophage and CD8 cells are two other cells involved in the immune system.

Is it OK to laugh? Sure. A sense of humor is vitally important!

J.



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