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Hiv Structure And Life Cycle

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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 HIV enters a CD4 cell, the cell itself becomes a... Read more »

Structured Treatment Interruption for post-Lymphoma patient?

In 1998 I was diagnosed with a Stage I Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I underwent 4 cycles of CHOP, followed by 20 radiation treatments. I've been in remission ever since. I have had no other opportunistic infections. My Viral Load is about 40, and...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You are asking an excellent and difficult question. Although I will answer it, I need you to understand that there is NO data on which to base my answer. I'm just telling you what I would recommend were you to be my patient.Your HIV... Read more »

Brief treatment interruption with Atripla OK? (STRUCTURED TREATMENT INTERUPRTIONS) (STRATEGIC TREATMENT INTERUPRTIONS)

Hi,First I want to say what a valuable and informative resource this website is. My question is this: I would like to take a brief, supervised treatment interruption of approx. 6 weeks in order to travel without having to bring my HAART meds with...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I would very strongly advise against a supervised (or unsupervised) treatment interruption (STI). We now have several well-designed long-term clinical trials that have consistently found that STIs, particularly in situations like yours (previous... Read more »

What's the worst that could happen? (STRUCTURED TREATMENT INTERUPRTIONS) (STRATEGIC TREATMENT INTERUPRTIONS)

Dear Dr. Bob,I think my question is a fairly simple one: What is the worst that could happen if I wanted to take a drug holiday (Atripla)? What is the best way to approach my doctor about doing this? I am worried he might not want to continue to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,What's the worst that could happen if you took a drug holiday? Hmm . . . well, perhaps McCain gets elected President and chooses scary Cheney to be Vice again. That's perhaps the worst that could happen. Of course, that would have... Read more »
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AIDS/LifeCycle 5 or Bust!

Posted by Anonymous
Hi!

I am writing to you today to tell you how much I would like to be in California this June and to ride AIDS/LifeCycle 5 as a Positive Pedaler. What is a 'positive pedaler' you might ask? Positive Pedalers are a group of men and women... Read more »

AIDS LifeCycle (and then some)

Posted by ynot
Yoga Teacher assists in relieving the suffering of others

My Life
As the holiday season ends and the new year begins, we begin to contemplate our New Year's Resolutions. We reflect on Xmas Past, Xmas Present, and Xmas Future. We may even contemplate... Read more »

AIDS/LifeCycle & Me

Posted by shadow1
Hi all;
For those that have seen me post off and on over the years you all know the story. For those that are new I have ben + since 1989 and have ben healthy because of my regime and the time I am able to get out on my bike and excersize. After many... Read more »

AIDS/LifeCycle & Me

Posted by shadow1, 2 Replies
Hi all;
For those that have seen me post off and on over the years you all know the story. For those that are new I have ben + since 1989 and have ben healthy because of my regime and the time I am able to get out on my bike and excersize. After many... Read more »