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Damaged Immune System Late Seroconversion

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...important immune cells don't know which invaders need to be removed from the body. When this coordination breaks down, people are at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs) and cancers that usually do not harm people with healthy immune systems. HIV can also infect macrophages and other immune cells. Your immune system recognizes and produces antibodies to HIV, but antibodies alone are not enough to eliminate the virus. This is partly...
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Immune System Damage

I have a question about immune system damage. I was diagnosed late (CD4 in the 60s and V/L off the charts) and remember talk about immune system damage. I was left with the impression that different parts of the immune system can sustain damage that...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...Thank you for this excellent question. Unfortunately there remains many things we do not completely understand about the immune system and how it is affected by treatment. There certainly is evidence that not all parts of the immune system come... Read more »

Crashed immune system and opportunisitic infections

My daughter was diagnosed HIV positive 11 years ago during her pregnancy. She did well for years, however after a car wreck 3 years ago she became addicted to hydrocordone. Since then she has lost her job, her marriage and is out of money so she...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...program seems in order. Depending on the medical status of the cirrhosis, it may or may not be too late. With proper care, the immune system can often come back to sustainable levels. But clearly, if she does not get into regular care her future... 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 »

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 »
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


...Americans in the Great Plains region. Since the late 1930s, German researchers have studied echinacea and its effects on the immune system. Echinacea is one of the most frequently sold herbs in the United States. The German government has... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Damages the Immune System

...transcriptase" that is crucial for viral replication inside T cells, white blood cells that help coordinate activities of the immune system. (The function of reverse transcriptase, which means "writing backwards," will be explained later when we... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Pulling the Plug on T-Cells: Fascinating Work on HIV and T-Cell Kinetics Challenges Longtime Dismissal of Ravaged Immune System's Regenerative Potential

...David Ho approaches a half-filled tub of water, with water still more or less pouring in from an open spigot. "This is your immune system." He removes his watch, rolls up his shirt sleeve, swirls his immersed hand around in the frigid water and... Read more »
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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 why Read more »

Suppressed immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Hello, I was just wondering what types of things suppress your immune system, which I know can delay your HIV test from coming up positive? Read more »

Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...anxious/nervous/worried that I can't concentrate and have a 24 hr. a day 7 days a week headache.... Do things like that impair your immune system just enough that it makes it easier to get sick?? I know a lot of people on here think they have... Read more »

immune system question?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...mind off of things i decided to begin to cycle some steroids while i begin a new workout routine and i know they weaken your immune system so if i go back at 90 days to get tested will they interfere with the results i mean i figured if you have... Read more »