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Hiv Attacks Which Human Body System

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The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...virus makes copies, it damages or kills the CD4 cells, weakening the immune system. What Is AIDS? AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV causes AIDS by attacking CD4 cells, which the immune system uses to protect the body from disease. When the immune system loses too many CD4 cells, you are less able to fight off infection and can develop serious, often deadly,...
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HIV attacks CD8 cells?

My Drs. can't answer this and my lengthy internet searches are fruitless. I know all about how HIV attacks CD4s, but does it also infect/hijack CD8s? Thank you!
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
Unlikely to infect CD8 cells, unless they are dual positive CD4/CD8, of which there are a few. On the other hand, infecting CD4 cells and destroying them does affect CD8 function, in that CD4 cells are important in signaling CD8 cells to function... Read more »

HIV attacks CD8? CD3?

Does HIV infect cd8 or cd3 white blood cells, or affect them? I know all about HIV on cd4, but there isn't much out there about CD3 and 8's. Thanks for answering!
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
Unlikely to infect CD8 cells, unless they are dual positive CD4/CD8, of which there are a few. On the other hand, infecting CD4 cells and destroying them does affect CD8 function, in that CD4 cells are important in signaling CD8 cells to function... Read more »

HIV attacking central nervous system

i was diagnosed with encypholitis back in october at which time i was removed from all meds. I had bloodwork done and my t cells dropped from 910 to 527 in late December also viral from undetectable to 1600. New bloodwork done in middle of January...
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
...Not exactly sure what she might be speaking of. However, HIV exists in all tissues including the brain and spinal fluid. HIV drugs penetrate into the brain at different levels. In general Read more »

Attacked by a HIV/HepC Coinfected Person

i was recently attacked and biten by someone that has HIV and Hep C. Blood and skin were torn from my arm by this person. I have HIV, not Hep C. What is my risk of becoming coinfected with Hep C. The coinfected person was fighting someone else when...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
There is only one reported case of hepatitis C transmission from a bite. I would get baseline and follow up testing from your provider to be certain that you did not become infected with HCV.Dr. McGovern Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Syphilis Can Attack the Liver in HIV-Positive Men

...(MSM). This co-infection poses many problems, including these: Treponemes, the germs that cause syphilis, are notorious for attacking many organ-systems throughout the body, including the brain, skin, lungs and heart. In cases of HIV... Read more »
Project Inform

IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...condition. What Is Inflammation? Inflammation means to put on fire , and it's a complex response that results when your body attacks germs or repairs damaged tissue. A simple example of it is the redness, swelling and soreness that emerges... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Update on Inflammation and Cardiovascular Risk in People With HIV

... Table of Contents Inflammation and HIV French Study Unexpectedly Uncovers Role of Substance Use in Heart Attacks VA Study Fingers Kidney Disease as a Major Predisposing Factor for Heart Attacks BICOMBO Study Looks at the Safety of Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Treatment Guidelines

...with a smalldose of a second PI called Norvir (ritonavir); this makes the first PI workbetter) These combinations will attack HIV at different parts of its lifecycle topack a strong punch against the virus. The guidelines rank specific... Read more »
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Anxiety (attack)

Posted by worriedsick, 3 Replies
...Hello everyone, I just recently took a 15 day waiting test for HIV--the miami health department made it a nightmare to take the get your results in an hour test. I am unsure of my status but Read more »

HIV side effects? (heart attacks & seizures)

Posted by Carrie, 1 Reply
...are neg. We've been talking about having a baby (in another post) but another issue has come up. A month ago he had a heart attack and has been dealing with continuous chest pains. Well tonight he had a seizure while at a friends house. They... Read more »

PANICK ATTACKS

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...DOES HIV CAUSE PANIC ATTACKS ? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYONE ON T.V EXPLAINING PANICK ATTACKS ? WAS SHE A RED HEAD IF SO ? Read more »

Key facts about HIV/AIDS - Note Last Item

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...loss, persistent cough, severe recurrent skin rashes and swelling of the lymph nodes. HOW DOES AIDS KILL? * As the virus attacks the immune system, people become less able to fight illnesses. * Unless treated, AIDS-related opportunistic... Read more »