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What Cells Does HIV Infect

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White Blood Cells during primary HIV infection

I am confused about this whole white blood cell thing. There are doctors who believe that during acute retroviral syndrome/primary HIV infections that white blood cell and lymphs are low, and others say that they would be high, which is true??
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...I don't believe there is enough published to say definitively what happens to white cells during the acute retroviral syndroma/primary HIV infection. In general, in viral infections, the white blood cell count typically Read more »

how many cell-fee HIV need to infect a vagina

Dear MarkIf HIV is transmitted from man to woman, is it true that only a few cell-free particles... Read more »

Recently diagnosed HIV and T-Cell LGLL

I was recently diagnosed HIV+ and having T-Cell Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia. My LGLL... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gene Therapy That Prolongs CD4+ T Cell Survival In HIV-Infected Individuals

...genetic material within the infected cell from the nucleus to the cytoplasm, a critical step in viral replication. Into half the cells from each patient, the researchers inserted an altered rev gene that produces a defective protein, Rev M10,... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

B Cells May Help Maintain HIV Infection

...When they examined these cells for the presence of HIV, they found significant levels of the virus attached to the surface of the cells. The scientists then used test-tube experiments to show the virus could infect T cells under laboratory... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

New Findings Explain T-Cell Loss in HIV Infection

...For a number of years, many scientists have believed that HIV depletes its primary target, CD4+ T cells, by blocking new T-cell production. Two independent studies now challenge that point Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Sangamo Biosciences Creates Genetically Modified Immune Cells That Resist HIV Infection in Lab Tests

...called CCR5 inhibitors that would block the virus from entering cells through the receptor, rather than genetically modifying the cells ( Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report , 4/13). Next Steps, Reaction "It's certainly an interesting approach,... Read more »
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What is a T-Cell or CD4 Count?

Posted by TheBody
...is a special kind of white blood cell, and the more you have, the stronger your immune system is. When you were infected with HIV, the virus entered into some of your T cells. When these HIV-infected T cells make more copies of themselves, they... Read more »

See,I told you HIV replicates a cell's DNA TO RNA

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...However, the problem is not free virus, but the fact that the viral RNA has become incorporated into the DNA of CD4 cells and other human cells. As long as those cells are alive, the virus is safe and capable of ... Read more »

cure!!!

Posted by themushroom, 1 Reply
... http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition...cells-1.311823 Read more »

T-Cell tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anybody know where you can get a T-cell count without going to the doctor? Some places will run a CBC (ehivtest) without a doctor. Will they do T-Cell count as well? Read more »