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Do Immune System T-cells Protect You From Hiv

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...of cells and organs that protect your body from outside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (germs) that can cause infection, disease, and even death. The immune system also gets rid of abnormal cancerous cells that are growing out of control. When functioning properly, it fights off infection and keeps you healthy. But when it malfunctions, germs that enter the body can more easily cause disease or death. Some important...
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Non -existant T cells and H1N1

Hello . been positive for 11 years did meds for 7 but stopped ( many reasons ) But have T's of 5 and load of 50K Since I seem to have no immune system is it really adviseable to get untested H1N1 vaccine since it needs some sort of immune system or...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,It is true that if your immune system is severely compromised or deficient (from HIV or any other cause), you might not mount a very vigorous immune response to vaccines. Read more »

off meds for 4 years , still undetecable w/ 1300 t cells

unfortunatly my specialist is retieng and without giving false hope suggested that if I remained undetectale for 2 more years it is possible i may have cleared the virus.I did begin meds within 8 weeks of exposure and was 99.9% compliant for 3.5...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...T cells quickly multiply. In progressors, however, they don't. In fact, controllers have 20 times more HIV-specific killer T cells than treated progressors.Also, in the presence of HIV, controllers' HIV-specific killer T cells boost production of... Read more »


Dear Dr. Bob:Thanks for your sterling job you offer to the community. My question is: the HIV virus is the most studied virus and its behavior as well as functionality is well-known. Why then no vaccine has yet been developed though billions of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...versus adeno-associated viruses. Additional effort may have to be directed at other types of vaccines, such as the dendritic cell therapeutic vaccine. (The French have reported some success with this approach.) It's also worth noting that despite... Read more »

HIV-Free for me!?!!

Dr Franscino,My name is XX according to the NIH in Bethesda, MD. They feel that I'm an elite controller at the least, possibly one of 3 individuals who has 'cleared'the HIV virus from our systems. I'm curious if you're doing any work in this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...the same strain of HIV. According to the researchers, the key difference in their ability to control the virus is the woman's immune system. Joel Blankson, who led the study, said that the role of the woman's immune system is a "good sign in... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

The Immune System -- An Overview

... Reviewed October 2008 The immune system is composed of many interdependent cell types that collectively protect the body from bacterial, parasitic, fungal, viral infections and from the growth of tumor cells. Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

HIV and Your Immune System

...also bind either a CCR5 or CXCR4 co-receptor protein to get into a cell. ***T-lymphocyte: A type of white blood cell that detects and fights foreign invaders of the body. For more information: Contact your doctor or an... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Damages the Immune System

...HIV, viral RNA has a protein called "reverse 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... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How the Immune System Fights Disease T-helper cells (also known as T cells, T4 cells, or CD4 cells), which act as a kind of orchestra conductor. The T-helper cells tell other cells what to do when this response is triggered. We are interested in this immune response because it is... 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 »

Green tea?

Posted by franfrog
...Canada. Lab Tests Nance's team treated some human T cells with three doses of EGCG. For comparison, they didn't expose other T cells to EGCG. Then they added an HIV component called gp120 to the T cells. The goal was to see if EGCG thwarted... Read more »

Labs and %s

Posted by rain05, 3 Replies
Can someone please tell me what does the % of CD4's mean? I just received my results and forgot to ask the Doctor that question. I am sort of new here and I see how you guys are like one big family. My numbers are a little scary to me, so I can... Read more »

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

Posted by MOCHA
...why. When HIV comes in contact with genital mucosa, its ultimate target -- the cells it seeks to hijack and destroy -- are immune system T-cells. But T-cells are relatively far away (in lymph tissues), so HIV uses nearby Langerhans cells as... Read more »