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Do T Cells Protect People 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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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 »

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 »

My HIV partner....

So I am negative and he is positive. I just had a few questions, we we're having sex and the condom broke, but just as he put it in, so he never ejaculated i'm obviously gonna go get tested, how long should i wait to get tested to make sure the...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...person with HIV can live for many years. There is no accurate way to predict because there are so many variables. But many people with HIV have lived >25 years. Since 1995, when HAART was introduced, the survival with HIV infection improved... Read more »

Further Thought to Hypothesis on HIV Alternative Treatment

Thank you very much for your prompt reply... Following is what I am suggesting with my Hypothesis to tackle HIV --- "I have read that genetic protection occurs naturally in roughly 3% of people of Northern European ancestry--people who do not get...
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
...No that will not work per my previous reply. Another person's t cells could not be infusedd and would be destroyed by the recipient person's immune system because they would be recognized as foreign. Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Challenges in Designing HIV Vaccines

...a symphony orchestra. The chief regulatory T cell, the helper T cell , also is HIV's main target. The virus attaches to the cell through a receptor on the cell's surface called CD4 . Hence, helper T cells are called CD4+ T cells . A subset... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Challenges in Designing HIV Vaccines

... called CD8+ CTLs ( CD8+ T cells ) bear CD8 receptors on their surfaces and kill cells that are producing HIV. Other CD8+ T cells can suppress HIV replication ... Read more »
The Body

Protective Genes Play Crucial Role in Defense Against HIV

...brochure; NIH Pulication No. 07-5423; Sept. 2007]. Granzyme B is a protein that in humans is encoded by the GZMB gene. Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and natural killer (NK) cells share the remarkable ability to recognize specific infected target... Read more »
University of California-Los Angeles

Practice of Mindfulness Meditation Slows the Progression of HIV, Study Shows

...cells, are the "brains" of the immune system, coordinating its activity when the body comes under attack. They are also the cells that are attacked by HIV, the devastating virus that causes AIDS and has infected roughly 40 million people... Read more »
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Labs and %s

Posted by rain05, 3 Replies
...The experts only answered one of my questions which was the very first one I posted. It may have been because I sounded like a person going out of my mind!! Thanks Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
...supressed immune system. Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection. Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system. Do such person with 350 cd 4... Read more »

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

Posted by MOCHA
...Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV 05-Mar-2007 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered that cells in the mucosal lining of human genitalia produce a protein that "eats up" invading HIV -- possibly keeping the spread of the Read more »

Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...normal life. My doctor said the same thing and told me to get back to having sex with my wife so I dont lose her. We've had unprotected sex on a few occassions and once I came in her. I didnt want to but she said it was ok and go ahead. My... Read more »