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Are Some People Immune To Hiv

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Experts Need to Ensure That XDR-TB Does Not Spread Among People With Compromised Immune Systems, Including HIV-Positive People, WHO Official Says

Health experts need to contain the spread of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, TB that is resistant to the two most potent first-line treatments and some of the available second-line drugs, so that it does not spread among people with... Read more »
CDC National Prevention Information Network

Tobacco Smoking Impairs Immune System in HIV-Infected People

This article was reported by Digital Journal . Digital Journal reported on a study of the effects of smoking in HIV-infected individuals. Researchers from the University of Miami analyzed the effect of HIV and smoking on the immune system of... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Data on Cancer Rates Among HIV-Positive People "Underline" Need for Antiretrovirals That Restore Immune Function, Opinion Piece Says

New data on cancer rates among HIV-positive people "underline" the need for the development of antiretroviral drugs that "restore immune function more effectively" than currently available treatments, Mark Wainberg -- director of McGill University... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Immune to HIV???

I'm not really sure if this is the right area to ask this question but, since you do talk about resistance (though I gather that's to meds) I'll try. Please forward to right person if not. I'm trying to find out some more info...
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
The information that was given to you is basically correct. HIV requires a couple of different molecules(receptors) on the surface of cells to gain entrance and infect the cells. It has recently been found that some people have mutations in one of... Read more »

Can HIV compromize the immune system without another disease involved?

Are there studies about HIV positive people with severly compromized immune systems with none of the diseases associated with AIDS? I'm interested if the HIV virus itself has been proven to destroy the immune system of an otherwise healthy...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The HIV virus destroys CD4+ T-cells resulting in a chronically activated and damaged immune system without any other germs necessary for the process.... Read more »

Immunity Deficiency and HIV

Hi Dr. Daar,I've submitted a questions in the past and still have no answer, I understand that you are a busy person, and I hope that I get lucky this question is at what point an HIV + individual will develope Immune Deficiency...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Hi Joe,Thank you for your post and sorry for the delay in responding. Your questions are complicated but I will try to address some of these issues the best I can.First of all, most people who are doing well on antiretroviral therapy do make... Read more »

How can I find out if my wife is immune to hiv?

Hi, I'm a big fan of the and I'm so glad you guys are here to help everybody. Thanks. Now for my question. I've heard that some people can't get hiv. And that there is a gene responsible. How do I get my wife tested to...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi there:You are talking about people who have the CCR5 mutation. CCR5 is a a protein on the surface of your CD4 cells that HIV uses to gain entry into your CD4 cell. The CD4 cell is what HIV uses to create copies of itself. A very small percentage... Read more »
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Compromised immune system always = HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have a bacterial infection that in most people goes away within a few weeks. But I have had it for so long that my doctor says I must have a compromised immune system and said that it could be HIV. I don't know what to think. I've had 2 sexual... 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 »

Stuff from web re. immune system a seroconversion

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I noticed that several people had been asking for information regarding the idea that an impaired immune system would explain seroconversion after 3 months or longer. Here is one post taken from Dr. Holodniy's site. I have seen several other... Read more »

More on the two immune system stuff

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Again, the below gospel is plagerized from Gallant.

This may be a dumb question -- but I would sincerely appreciate an answer

If AIDS is a breakdown of the immune system, why don't people with AIDS get
colds all the time?... Read more »