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Hiv Damage

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Damages the Immune System

Introduction The basic structure of HIV is similar to that of other viruses (Figure 1 ). HIV has a core of genetic material surrounded by a protective sheath, called a capsid . The genetic material in the core is RNA (ribonucleic acid), which contains the information that the virus needs in order to replicate (make more copies of itself) and perform other functions. You can think of RNA as the set of rules the virus follows in order to...
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Can HIV damage the brain

I am HIV+ with CD4 count 555 and V.L undetectable for the last six month. A year ago I was very ill and my right leg and my right hand was paralize (useless). Once I got treatement with HIV my leg is ok, But I have a problem with my right hand (i...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If the brain has been structurally damage due to HIV or an AIDS-related infection (like toxoplasmosis or dJC virus infection) then the recovery is often similar to what happens after a stroke. Even if the HIV infection is controlled and the... Read more »

reinfected with hiv damage immune system

I was wondering If I was Infected and reinfected a couple of weeks later. would that dammage the immune system so much that Iwould not be able to produce hiv antibodies. It's been 8 months and I've tested negative. Would a pcr dna test...
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
Reinfection that close would not prohibit you from making antibodies. A PCR test now probably will not add anything.MH... Read more »

Can HIV damage the brain

I am HIV+ with CD4 count 555 and V.L undetectable for the last six month. A year ago I was very ill and my right leg and my right hand was paralize (useless). Once I got treatement with HIV my leg is ok, But I have a problem with my right hand (i...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
It is true that HIV infection can cause some neurological problems, including hand and arm weakness. This usually happens in people with very advanced AIDS (CD4 < 100, and high viral load) and other medical complications (like opportunistic... Read more »

Hiv meds damage

What type of damage can isentress..truvada cause to your body...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Isentress (raltegravir) + Truvada has had a good overall safety record during the first 2-3 years of use. Raltegravir has been linked to few serious toxicities. The tenofovir in Truvada can cause clinically severe renal or bone problems in a small... Read more »
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HIV May Damage Brain Tissue

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Los Angeles Times Examines Research Surrounding Long-Term Effects of HIV on Brain Tissue

November 8, 2005

The Los Angeles Times on Monday examined research into the long-term effects of HIV on brain tissue (Brink, Los Angeles Times, 11/7). A study... Read more »

eeek! brain damage!

Posted by daisey6205, 7 Replies
hello everyone. happy new year. as most already know i was diagnosed + in sept 2005. it has been a long 4 months from constantly being sick to having to deal with my husband who is + also and the list goes on and on and on (as i am sure everyones... Read more »

How Does the Stress Response Damage Your Health?

Posted by Anonymous
How Does the Stress Response Damage Your Health?

Evolution has twisted together the brain, hormones, and immunde system of primates, including us. The stress reaction that's so protective against short-term danger can wreak havoc on the body if it... Read more »

hiv+ and hiv negative partnership

Posted by Anonymous, 18 Replies
I hope will get some answers from this forum. Please people advise. I am hiv + and just met a wonderful hiv- man. He is a real catch. We have gone on a couple of dates. I went out with him out of myown selfishness and wanted some excitement in... Read more »