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Immune System And White Blood Cells

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How HIV Damages the Immune System

Introduction The basic structure of HIV is similar to that of other viruses (Figure 1 ). HIV has a core of genetic material surrounded by a protective sheath, called a capsid . The genetic material in the core is RNA (ribonucleic acid), which contains the information that the virus needs in order to replicate (make more copies of itself) and perform other functions. You can think of RNA as the set of rules the virus follows in order to...
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White blood cells

Dear Dr.I have been on Atripla for 3 years. My viral Load was 6.700 and since started treatment have remained undetectable. My CD4 went from 260 to 550 nowdays. However, over the whole of this time my lab results show Leucocite count consistently...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Although your WBC is slightly low, resulting in a lower neutrophil count in the 1000 to 1300 range, that is still an acceptable number to have. You neutrophils are important cells that help fight various bacterial infections when required. We... Read more »

Side effect of AZT to body or immune system in detailed! - JB

Dear Dr John Bartlett, Hello, can u tell me the side effect of AZT to body or immune system in detailed. Thank you! :) Yours Wing Yi...
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
AZT can have side effects, just like any antiretroviral drug. The side effect symptoms of AZT can include fatigue, headaches, nausea and malaise. Laboratory side effects can include lowered red blood and white blood cells. Overall, the total... Read more »

Is my immune system healthy or not?...confused

Back ground. Diagnosed May 27 2008... CD4 88, CD4 % 15.4 , CD4/CD8 ratio .23 to 1, CD8 ABS VL 98,538.Fast Forward 2 years. February 2010... CD4 251, CD4% 34.8, CD4/CD8 ratio 1.76 to 1, CD8 ABS 142, VL Not DETMay 18 2010...CD4 239, CD4% 33.2,...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
The percentages and ratios represent that you have been able to retsore the balance in your immune system that had been disrupted by the virus. The low absolute values for both CD4 and CD8 reflect an overall low level of T cells in your blood.... Read more »

persistent sore thraot lasting for 3 weeks, elevated white blood cell, and invisible blood in urine (white and red cell)

i had unprotected sex with one girl before 7 weeks and 4 days, and after 4 weeks u start feeling fatigue and sore throat no more sgins and sometimes abdominal pain ... i went to the clinic and make CBC and the result was normal except for the WBC...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
The symptoms you describe are not typical for acute HIV infection other than the sore throat which can be seen. It is possible that you have contracted an STD such as herpes which can give you urinary symptoms and would not respond to antibiotics.... Read more »
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The immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The immune system may be able to come back more powerfully than anyone thought after a break in treatment with AIDS drugs, researchers said Wednesday.

They said in patients who had decided to interrupt their complex HIV drug... Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system.

Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.

Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »

White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
When you get a standard blood workup from the doctor and they say your white blood cell count is elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in white blood cells or an increase. I... Read more »

White cell count

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Here I am at 29 days. I tested for HIV a few days ago, but will not get results until Monday. I tested now because I have had a sore throat and swollen nodes in my neck for the last 2 weeks (no fever or aches, but no cold). Today some test... Read more »