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Definition Of Secondary Immune Response

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How the Immune System Fights Disease

Introduction Normal T Cell Response to Infection HIV Interferes With Normal Immune Response Introduction The immune system is a complex network of cells and chemicals. Its mission is to protect us against foreign organisms and substances. The cells in the immune system have the ability to recognize something as either "self" or "invader," and they try to get rid of anything that is an invader. Many different kinds of cells, and hundreds...
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Definition Of Compromised Immune System

I was visiting a new baby in the hospital. After holding it, I was told she had RSV. I didn't even know what that is. I asked the nurse whether it was infectious to adults. She said it can be, but would present as just a mild cold. Then...
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
Your CD4 count is in the normal range, so no, you don't fit into this group with significantly lower CD4 counts. RSV infects young children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems due to HIV and other disorders.... Read more »

A definitive HIV Testing response please.

Hi Ryan. You're a stud! Thanks for your invaluble work in this Forum; even when you answer the paranoid, OCD,... I am a healthcare worked and use the resource often.Background: To date, I am sero-negative. I had an unsafe incident very...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Unfortunately, you are right about having some reason to be concerned. However, a one time exposure to an HIV positive person does not guarantee infection (see "Serodiscordant male couple anal sex"... Read more »

HIV vs AIDS??? (DEFINITION HIV VERSUS AIDS)

BIG question. I have been getting conflicting info on this.What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? I thought (think) there is a huge difference between the two....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No, actually there is not a huge difference. Everyone with AIDS (Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is HIV positive (Human Immunodeficiency Virus positive). AIDS is diagnosed when an HIV-positive person's immune system deteriorates to a... Read more »

Viral Load, CD4 and CD8 with secondary STD

I was just diagnosed with asymptomatic HIV a week ago. I've seroconverted sometime in the past six months. We have the followup labs back and I'm not too certain what they mean and what I should do next. The viral load is 188,000(bDNA),...
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
Your CD4 count, and therefore your immune system is in pretty good shape. You are not at risk for any serious HIV associate complications at this point. Your CD8 count is minimally elevated and is reflective of your immune system's war with the... Read more »
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Peat therapy: stimulates immune response

Posted by Anonymous
Basically simple physiology explains the mechanism of how it benefits immunosuppressed patients. First, peat retains the temperature of water almost 6x better than water alone. Heat retention is important as the internal body temperature needs to... Read more »

the method of exposing the immune system .....

Posted by Anonymous
8-14-97 The method of exposing the immune system to parts of HIV
in advanced evolved forms can be made more effective if the
immune system is prepard in advance for this treatment. People
with HIV infection receive some of this preparation but the... Read more »

Subtypes And Undetectables--definitive answer??

Posted by worried22yo, 1 Reply
Has anyone seen any statistic as to the number of cases where an HIV infection would not show on a standard ELISA or PCR because it is either a rare strand or whatever? Thanks guys.




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A definite answer PLEASE!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am antibody negative as of 20 1/2 weeks since my exposure. I still experience several symptoms and can't understand what is going on with my body. I finally had my doctor to order a more extensive test, but I think he ordered the wrong one. It... Read more »