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Does Hiv Damage Cells In Immune System

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

... Introduction Key Organs of the Immune System HIV and the Immune System Footnotes Introduction The immune system is made up of cells and organs that protect your body from outside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (germs) that can cause
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Crohns Meds,HIV,CD4Cells,Viral Load

My son has been HIV pos for 22 years. In 2002 he was dx with Crohn's. Was put on 6MP, had bone marrow supresson, HCT 10 %, trans 5 units of blood. Taken off 6MP and HIV meds as his viral load was undetectable, did okay until 2008. Crohn's relapsed,...
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
...His case as you are aware is very complicated. He has one illness where his immune system is in overdrive and you need to give meds that shut it down and another, HIV infection, which reduces immune function. It's Read more »

Can HIV compromize the immune system without another disease involved?

Are there studies about HIV positive people with severly compromized immune systems with none of the diseases associated with AIDS? I'm interested if the HIV virus itself has been proven to destroy the immune system of an otherwise healthy person?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...The HIV virus destroys CD4+ T-cells resulting in a chronically activated and damaged immune system without any other germs necessary for the process. 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 »

HIV life cycle, and how HIV affects the immune system

Hi Rick, When Hiv attaches itself to a lymphocyte, is the lymphocyte actually a gland as in the neck or armpit, and does this then become a reproduction factory for HIV with an abundance of T-cells coming from the gland? Thank you for your...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Thank you for your question. HIV infects cells of the immune system called CD4 cells. There are many CD4 cells inside the lymph nodes. These cells can also be found all throughout the body.When Read more »
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The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...was originally written in February 2005. Table of Contents What is Immune Reconstitution? How does HIV Damage the Immune System? Monitoring the Health of the Immune System Using HIV Drugs to Restore Immune Function ... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

HIV and Your Immune System

...do not have all of the necessary tools to manufacture their own essential proteins, they must infect and act as parasites on the cells of a more complex living organism in order to reproduce. HIV is an RNA virus that specifically targets human... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

HIV Selectively Suppresses Anti-HIV Defense Cells

...A new study confirms what HIV researchers until now only suspected: HIV selectively disables the immune system's response against the virus by disproportionately infecting the very cells designed to fight it. In fact, CD4+ T cells programmed Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration

... What Is Immune Restoration? How Can the Immune System Be Restored? Are New CD4 Cells as Good as Old? What Is Immune Restoration? Immune restoration means repairing the damage Read more »
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More on the two immune system stuff

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...fights infections using antibodies. While there is some decline in humoral immune function in people with AIDS, it is the cellular immune system that suffers the brunt of the damage. The cellular immune system fights... 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. Read more »

Some new HIV breakthrough!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...for info: For the first time, scientists have succeeded in a-plying a technique called RNA Interference to the T-cells of the immune system. This pioneering technique could be used making HIV-infected T-cells commit suicide if they get... Read more »

Excerpts from the guru

Posted by DUDE
...system that fights infections using antibodies. While there is some decline in humoral immune function in people with AIDS, it is the cellular immune system that suffers the brunt of the damage. The cellular immune system fights infections with... Read more »