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Effects Of Hiv On Immunity

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...and direct the activity of other types of immune cells -- such as killer T cells, B cells, and macrophages -- calling them into action to fight the intruder. CD4 cells produce many different cytokines in order to communicate effectively with other immune system cells. Killer T cells directly attack and destroy (kill) cells infected by viruses as well as abnormal cancerous cells. Yet another type of T cell, called suppressor T cells,...
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HIV develops escape mutations to evade immune system

Hi Dr. Bob I just want to know your thoughts about this recent discovery. And also as a result of this discovery does that mean that HIV can possibly stay dormant (would Antibody test be unreliable diagnostic procedure? Here is the full article:...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...and eventually destroys them. However, there are many other components of the body's immune response that seem not to function effectively against HIV. The research you reference helps us understand this phenomenon a bit better. HIV is evolving... Read more »

how much alcohol

Hi Keith,l am hiv but not on meds, l train and eat well, and dont have heb b or heb c my liver is in good order, viral load 18,000 and cd4 of 435l am a binge drinker every second weekend l go out with mates and will drink over 20 drinks over the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...liver, heart, brain, and pancreas and places a person at high risk for a range of accidents or poor judgement situations. Its effective on HIV/immune status is variable and I cannot convincingly say it worsens HIV infection on its own. If you... Read more »

Immune restoration

I would like to know more about immune system restoration. After 25 years of loosing the numbers battle, Issentriss is the first med to ever work for me.With my increasing T-cells and nearly undetectable VL now for 2 months, what can I expect in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,You are correct: the effects of 25 years of being poz cannot be quickly or completely reversed. However, some of the deleterious effects HIV has had on your Read more »


What is Immune reconstitution syndrome?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...symptoms due to those other infections. That is very frustrating since those symptoms can mimic a range of problems including side effects from some of the HIV drugs. In fact, immune reconstitution syndrome is one of the major challenges in HIV... Read more »
The Body PRO

Interleukin-2 Expands Select CD4+ T-Cell Populations, but Has No Effect on HIV-Specific Immune Responses

...and Opportunistic Infections summarized the findings from an immunologic substudy of ANRS 119 that evaluated the short-term effects of 4.5 million IU (International Units) of IL-2 twice daily for five days at weeks 0, 8, and 16 on T-cell... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Examine HIV's Effect on Immune System

...published in PLoS Medicine has found that upon infection "three lines of attack by the immune system are quickly neutralized by HIV," findings they hope "will provide a better understanding of how to develop a vaccine to protect against the... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Therapies in Development

...HIV Anti-inflammatory treatments reduce markers of inflammation throughout the body and hopefully their negative health effects. Gene therapies reduce the bad effects of HIV or shut down the virus Immune Stimulators These are... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

A New Approach: Immune-Based Treatments Against HIV

...cocktail and a new regimen must be constructed. One does not ignore the mounting cost of these medications and their long-term side effects. Some patients are not able to adhere to their medication schedule. Regardless of the cause, viral... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...PRESENCE OF ANTIBODIES MEANS IMMUNITY Usually, if you test positive for antibodies that means that your immune system has effectively fought off a pathogen and you now have immunity. But with the HIV test, the logic is reversed. Instead of... Read more »

Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...immune system just enough that it makes it easier to get sick?? I know a lot of people on here think they have "symptoms" of HIV, but Im wondering if all the things above, can bring a person down enough, that they become more apt to get sick with... Read more »

HIV vaccine in the making

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...diseases that is similar to HIV but not HIV itself. and according to this study, they tested this vaccine in monkey and it was effective..??!! of course it would be effective, because monkeys dont get HIV. i mean, am i wrong? i must be missing... Read more »

question please reply

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...after the period of seroconversion can people get hiv related symptoms(if they are positive), or are they asymptomatic for 10 years? meaning, if a person were hiv + and already experienced Read more »