Are Some People Immune To Hiv

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The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...Thymus The thymus is a small gland that turns certain white blood cells into CD4cells, also called t-cells. In fact, the "t" in t-cell stands for thymus.Scientists have studied transplanting a human or animal thymus into an HIV+person. They have also tried to stimulate the thymus with hormones. To datethese methods have not proven to be particularly successful. CD4 Cells Various methods are being studied to increase and improve CD4...
Ask the Experts

Can I be immune?

My boyfriend is HIV positive, he is taking medication and his viral load is under 50. I am neggative. We have had unprotected sex several times in the past year and I'm still neggative. Is it possible to be immune?
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University transmit and is dependent on multiple factors. So, the fact that you have not yet turned positive does not mean you are immune.Most people prefer "unprotected" sex - it is most natural and uninhibited. However, it carries risk, particularly... Read more »

Natural immunity

I have read and heard that some may have a "natural immunity" to HIV. How is this determined? Is it only that they never develope antibodies or symptoms? If they are immune can they still be carriers and pass the virus to others?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...interesting research conducted on people who have had repeated exposures to HIV, but remain HIV negative. In order for HIV to infect a person, it first needs to bind to a CD4 cell and then rely on a co-receptor to gain entry into the cell. These... Read more »

The Immune System

Dear Dr.Does the immune systme play any role at all when it comes to becoming infected with HIV?that is, when people are exposed to HIV through the same way, does the immune system play any role why some people get it and others don't? Thanks.
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Absolutely. Since HIV disease is a disease of the immune system, how the immune system responds to HIV when it is introduced to the body is crucial. All of the factors that contribute Read more »

Question 1: Misleading statistical chartsQuestion 2: Are those with the least immunity dying leaving those with moreimmunity

Question 1: Misleading statistical chartsQuestion 2: Are those with the least immunity dying leaving those with moreimmunityWhy are there no death statistics charted longitudinally over long periods of time taking into account people with HIV who...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...and beginning treatments sooner People are also living longer due to better treatments against opportunisticdiseases seen in persons with AIDS. There was one PRELIMINARY report statingthat some people with a specific genetic mutation may do... Read more »
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

...first-line treatments and some of the available second-line drugs, so that it does not spread among people with compromised immune systems, Mario Raviglione, head of the World Health Organization 's Stop TB Department , said recently, Reuters ... 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 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 »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Study Suggests Immune Systems of Untreated HIV-Infected Individuals May Deteriorate Faster Than Previously Thought

... The immune systems of untreated HIV-infected individuals appear to deteriorate faster than previously thought, according to preliminary Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration

...fighting off large numbers of HIV viruses. This approach seems more likely now that we know that the thymus keeps working until a person is almost 50 years old. Most people take medications to prevent opportunistic infections when their CD4 cell... Read more »
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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 Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...PRESENCE OF ANTIBODIES MEANS IMMUNITY Usually, if you test positive for antibodies that means that your immune system has effectively fought off a pathogen and you now have immunity. But with the HIV test, the logic is reversed. Instead Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I have read the post "window 1991", if a auto immune disease exists, than the Elisa test could not work at 3 months, is it correct???? Read more »


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