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Hiv Weakening

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV-Negative Babies Born to HIV-Positive Mothers Have Weakened Ability to Fight Some Infections

"Babies who are exposed to HIV at birth but don't become infected with the virus have lower levels of antibodies to diseases such as whooping cough, tetanus and pneumococcus," according to a study published in the Feb. 9 issue of the Journal of... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV/AIDS Has Significantly Weakened Zimbabwe's Economy, Study Finds

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has significantly weakened Zimbabwe's economy, hindering economic growth from 1994 to 2003 by 13.3%, according to a study by the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit, New Ziana/ reports. University... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Scientists Weaken HIV Infection in Immune Cells Using Synthetic Agents

HIV hides within certain types of cells and reproduces slowly, eventually causing chronic inflammation regardless of drug treatment. According to Servio H. Ramirez PhD, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Temple University... Read more »
Ask the Experts

What can weaken the immune system besides HIV?

Mr. Sowadsky,What other illnesses/viruses can cause immune deficiency? Can stress cause immune deficiency?Thank you....
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. There are many, many different things that can weaken the immune system. Some things that can weaken the immune system include (but are not limited to):1) Viral infections (HIV is perhaps the best example).2)... Read more »

Weakened Virus

Is it possible that after 14 years of HIV treatment that my virus is now in a weakened state?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That is tough to say. If you have failed several therapies then the virus may have mutated and be somewhat "weakened" but in that situation it is difficult to control the virus fully and if treatment is stopped the original strong virus... Read more »

herpes can weaken immune system

Okay since it is not likely I can get rid of your equally adorable partner and given I am not your flavor and therefore will never marry me me :( can I address something you said in a recent post that I found puzzling. Since herpes infection is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, my partner is adorable and no, you can't get rid of him. So what should you do? Hmmm . . . try for a three-way????Now, regarding your true/false game:1.False. Herpes does not use, abuse and destroy CD4 cells like HIV. These are two... Read more »

Exercise weakens immune system in HIVers?

Hello Doc,I've read some articles stating lifting weights weakens the immune system and only moderate exercise such as light walking is beneficial for the immune system. Is this all true?Does this now pose a problem for a hiv postive person...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, what you read is not true. Regular exercise, including weight lifting, is actually recommended for all HIVers (and non-HIVers) for three reasons:1. It decreased stress and improves general health (including immune health).2. The exercise... Read more »
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A couple things

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
A couple things:

(1) Is it Mark who's posting about the weakened immune system being a reason people need more than 3 months to convert? Where are you getting that? I have only heard that on this board, too.

(2) I talked to Dr. Wolinsky at... Read more »

anal sex=HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I just read something suggesting that maybe AIDS is the result of drugs and anal sex. Think about this: you are having a foreign substance shot into your bloodstream--after so much fighting off "invaders" or semen maybe the immune system is... Read more »

Croh's & HIV association???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have had so many symptoms it scares me, I have just been diagnosed with Crohn's. My question is can HIV antibody testing be affected from already having Crohn's Disease?
I have a 95 day negative HIV test, but have read that HIV detection may be... Read more »

could this be hiv?

Posted by Alicia12, 1 Reply
I have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and stiff neck for two weeks. I did have tonsilitis but im scared since I never had it before which I know when you have hiv it weakens your immune system. I had protected sex with this guy in December I got... Read more »