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Does Hiv Destroy T Cell Helpers

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Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

The Basics CD4 Count and HIV CD4 Count and HIV Treatment CD4 Cell Test The Bottom Line The Basics Your immune system protects your body by fighting germs and infections.White blood cells are an important part of your immune system. HIV infects and destroys a type of white blood cell called aCD4 cell (sometimes called a T-cell). As the immune system loses CD4 cells, it becomes weaker and is less able tofight off germs. When it...
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Helper T-Cells

I've read that non-progressors produce certain type of "T helper Cells" in enough quantity so as to contain the virus, while progressors produce the same kind of "T helper Cells" but not in enough quantity. Has anybody...
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
The cells you are referring to I believe are the CD8 cytotoxic t cells. This type of cell is the primary containment mechanism of HIV replication. The mechanism by which these cells contain replication is the subject of intense research. Infusing... Read more »

Injected helper t cells to rebuild immune system?

Sir Bobby,Real quick. What about injected helper t cells in combination with hiv medicines to prevent aids from happening? Or what about inject helper t cells as a shot during treatment iterruptions? What do you stay?Please stay well till your...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Ben,Immune-based therapies have been strong areas of research for quite some time. I did experiments like the ones you proposed in the early nineties. I stimulated T-cells with Interleukin-2 (a T-cell growth factor), grew and expanded T-cell... Read more »

PML and low helper cells

I was diagnosed with PML in February 2000 after comparing the results of an MRI in December 1999 and January 2000. My neurologist has only seen 2 other cases of PML which were further in the disease progression than I appear to be. He and my HIV...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
You're already doing what you can to improve your T cells by taking combination therapy for HIV. Some people have a slower rise in T cells than others, and although you haven't had the fastest possible rise, a slow and steady one will... Read more »

Helper T Cell Rebound Following Chemotherapy

I recently completed a course of chemotherapy (2 cycles of Mytomycin C and 5FU) and radiation therapy (6 weeks) to treat squamous cell carcinoma. I have been HIV positive since 1985 and my CD4 levels have always been in the 500-600 range....
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
A reduction in CD4 counts is commonly seen with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Only time will determine whether you will get up to your pretreatment levels. It can take weeks to months to recover counts. I have seen it both ways in my practice.... Read more »
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