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How Does AIDS Effect The Immune System

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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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Stress and its effects on the immune system

Does the amount of stress in ones life effect the efficiency of a person's immune system who has AIDS or HIV?...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
There is an entire relatively new field in psychology and psychiatry called "Psychoneuroimmunology" which is currently researching the connections between stress, anxiety, depression and how these impact upon a person's health and... Read more »

Does masturbation adversely affect immune system?

I have just been diganosed hiv+, and while I wait for the results of my complete bloodwork to see where I am, I was wondering if masturbating occasionally has any detrimental effect on the progression of the hiv. Does it do anything to my immune...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The good news is that years of scientific research has failed to find any adverse effects of masturbation. So, your mom was wrong. There are therapeutic vaccines being studied. They aim to augment HIV therapy and produce immune response to HIV... Read more »

Keep immune system up or stay of meds til drop?

Dr. Pierone: My son is HIV+ 1+ years and doing great. On meds from beginning with CD4 now at 1400 and Viral load 0 (never knew what his true numbers were). I spoke with his Dr. the other day about the controversy of staying on meds from the get...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
We don't know the best approach for your son's situation. We are attempting to weigh the potential costs (side effects) of antiretroviral therapy versus the potential benefits and we don't have the data to fully inform us on this... Read more »

immune system reconstruction

are they any meds that helps the immune system to get back the force in fighting against the desease? are they any natural products available with zero side effects?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Antiretroviral medications used effectively are the best way to allow the body to recovery from HIV related damage. There is no currently available treatment that enhances HIV-specific immunity that would allow the body to fight off HIV without... Read more »
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The immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The immune system may be able to come back more powerfully than anyone thought after a break in treatment with AIDS drugs, researchers said Wednesday.

They said in patients who had decided to interrupt their complex HIV drug... Read more »

Immune System Booster

Posted by kinzie1, 4 Replies
Hi,

I do not have aids but a good friend of mine passed away a few years ago from it. I

live in Arizona. I was wondering if anybody has heard about mangosteen juice a new

product that is doing amazing things as an Immune System Booster. I also... Read more »

Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Do these things make you more suseptible to colds, flu, etc?

I haven't slept for a while now, (weeks) haven't eaten all that great, and Im usually so anxious/nervous/worried that I can't concentrate and have a 24 hr. a day 7 days a week headache....

D... Read more »

Immune System Booster

Posted by kinzie1, 2 Replies
Hi,

I do not have hiv or aids but a good friend of mine passed away a few years ago from it. I

live in Arizona. I was wondering if anybody has heard about mangosteen juice a new

product that is doing amazing things as an Immune System Booster. I also... Read more »