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Does Herpes Cause Harm To The Immune System

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Understanding the Immune System

Table of Contents Introduction Key Organs of the Immune System Key Cells of the Immune System HIV and the Immune System Introduction The immune system is made up of cells and organs that protect your body fromoutside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (types ofgerms or pathogens) that can cause infection and disease. The immune systemalso gets rid of abnormal pre-cancerous cells and cancerous cells that...
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herpes can weaken immune system

Okay since it is not likely I can get rid of your equally adorable partner and given I am not your flavor and therefore will never marry me me :( can I address something you said in a recent post that I found puzzling. Since herpes infection is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, my partner is adorable and no, you can't get rid of him. So what should you do? Hmmm . . . try for a three-way????Now, regarding your true/false game:1.False. Herpes does not use, abuse and destroy CD4 cells like HIV. These are two... Read more »

Immune System Enhancement

Hello Bob, I'd like to start by appreciating the immense hope you're rendering to all HIV+ patients and their close ones. My younger sister has been diagnosed HIV+ earlier this month and she has a current CD4 count of 665. Here in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Sam,Thank you for your very kind comments. They are warmly appreciated. I'm sorry to hear about your sister's recent diagnosis.Regarding over-the-counter drugs or foodstuffs to keep the CD4 count high, unfortunately there are none.... Read more »

antidepressants: effect on immune system and possible cause of false negative ELISA?

I read an article suggesting that antidepressants and corticosteroids are immunosuppressive - may therefore prevent or slow down the production of HIV antibodies and result in a false negative ELISA test. This would especially be the case for people...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
I don't know of any evidence that antidepressants have a significant effect on the immune response involved in the ELISA test. In fact, there is growing evidence that depression has deleterious effects on the immune system. This suggests that... Read more »

Please Help - PEP and Herpes (IMMUNE RECONSTITUTION INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME, IRIS, 2011)

Hi Doctor -I was wondering if there is any link between PEP medications (retrovir, viread, and epivir) and increasing likelihood of herpes outbreaks? Can taking these medications cause you to have outbreaks? Insert says that medications may...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No, antiretroviral medication used for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) will not increase the likelihood of herpes outbreaks. The comment you read in the package insert about increasing immune system functioning may have been referring to... Read more »
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Compromised immune system always = HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have a bacterial infection that in most people goes away within a few weeks. But I have had it for so long that my doctor says I must have a compromised immune system and said that it could be HIV. I don't know what to think. I've had 2 sexual... 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 why people with AIDS don't get colds and the flu.
The immune systems are described below... 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 »

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 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »