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Hiv Weakens The Immune System By Killing

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Understanding the Immune System

Table of Contents Introduction Key Organs of the Immune System Key Cells of the Immune System HIV and the Immune System Introduction The immune system is made up of cells and organs that protect your body fromoutside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (types ofgerms or pathogens) that can cause infection and disease. The immune systemalso gets rid of abnormal pre-cancerous cells and cancerous cells that...
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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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Do you think my immune system is weak?

Posted by Worried12, 4 Replies
Im still battling with this. The conjunctivitis in my eye wont seem to stay gone. It goes away with medicine, but I t has came back a few times. And I have a cold sore. I thought that when you get one it means your immune system is down? And I have... Read more »

immune system question?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had unprotected sex with two diffrent 19 year old caucasion women between late dec.2002 and early jan 2003,i was tested at over thirty days and came up negative and have just gone in for a 60 day test this week,ive been really depressed and... Read more »

immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
What are antigens? Are antibodies the same thing as the CD4 type of t-cells? What are CD8 t-cells? What is a macrpophage? Is a retrovirus the same thing as a lentivirus? What is DNA? Who is OJ? Am I asking too many questions? Is is ok to laugh when... Read more »

immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would persisted symptoms such as yeast infections,sores in nose,coated tounge ,that keep comming back be a sign of a poor immune system,and if so how bad would the immune system have to be not to produce detectable antibody's by 6 months.I can't... Read more »