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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

... Introduction Key Organs of the Immune System HIV and the Immune System Footnotes Introduction The immune system is made up of cells and organs that protect your body from outside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (germs) that can cause
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How low was I

I was diagnosed HIV+ over 1 year ago. Hospitlized with PCP my cd4 was 46 viral load well into the hundreds of thousands (I forget exaclty) I know 46 is low but how low?My cd4 numbers have risen to almost 550 and VL is undetectable and I'm feeling so...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...Well, normal is >450 so numerically your immune system was at 10% or less than normak capacity. It was low enough for you to get PCP, something that doesn't affect people with a healthy Read more »

Damaged immune system?

Hi Doc,For the last 15 months I seem to catch every flu bug that goes around, causing me to miss multiple days of work. On at least 2 occasions I've had blood work done in the midst of illness but nothing amiss shows in the results.I'm undetectable...
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
...indicate what your CD4 count or percent is, assuming it is close to or in the normal range, I think it is unlikely that your immune system is significantly damaged to have brought this on. Unfortunately, outside of research labs, we don't have... Read more »

what is immune system damage?

Right or wrong, it has been my goal to delay treatment as long as possible. 10 years since infection and I'm still med free with good labs. However, I have seen the phrase "damage to the immune system" in reference to not starting meds and in...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...that we can measure.From my perspective it is vital that immunologists continue to research the importance of "damage to the immune system" that can not be measured in the clinic. Nevertheless, from a patients view there is no data demonstrating... Read more »

HIV life cycle, and how HIV affects the immune system

Hi Rick, When Hiv attaches itself to a lymphocyte, is the lymphocyte actually a gland as in the neck or armpit, and does this then become a reproduction factory for HIV with an abundance of T-cells coming from the gland? Thank you for your...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Thank you for your question. HIV infects cells of the immune system called CD4 cells. There are many CD4 cells inside the lymph nodes. These cells can also be found all throughout the body.When Read more »
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Test Positive Aware Network

HIV and Your Immune System

...Used in This Fact Sheet: *CD4 receptor: A protein present on the outside of infection- fighting white blood cells. CD4 receptors allow HIV to bind to and enter cells. **Co-receptor: In addition to binding a CD4 receptor,... Read more »
The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...was originally written in February 2005. Table of Contents What is Immune Reconstitution? How does HIV Damage the Immune System? Monitoring the Health of the Immune System Using HIV Drugs to Restore Immune Function ... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Monitoring Your Immune System and the Virus

... Developing any of the infections that are related to AIDS is a clear sign that the immune system is damaged and no longer able to fully protect you from invading organisms. But instead of waiting until someone becomes ill, Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration

... What Is Immune Restoration? How Can the Immune System Be Restored? Are New CD4 Cells as Good as Old? What Is Immune Restoration? Immune restoration means repairing the damage 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 low Cd Read more »

cd4 count

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...is there any way of getting around having an hiv test? like could i just have my doctor test my cd4 count instead. would you be able to tell from that whether or not it seemed like i needed to be tested? Read more »

Number confusion.....

Posted by pozboy2009, 1 Reply
...on friday but kind of wanted to make sure my numbers were okay because i dont totally understand what numbers are what? my cd4% is 31%. my cd4 absolute is 1211 and my absolute lymphocrates is 4000. I also know i have Hiv-1 with rna count of... Read more »

two immune systems?????

Posted by Anonymous
...I think there are two immune systems. One that fights colds, flu's and stuff like that. The other fights OI's (opportunist Infections). So, that would explain Read more »