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How Does Hiv Attack The Cells In The Body

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

What Is AIDS, HIV and HIV Disease?

...the human cell. HIV is the virus medical researchers believe causes AIDS. Since the vast majority of researchers believe that HIV is the sole cause of AIDS, we often refer to HIV as "the AIDS virus." Like other viruses, HIV attacks cells in the body. But what makes HIV different is that the immune system can never fully get rid of HIV because the virus attacks the immune system itself -- the very mechanism that would normally get rid of a...
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antibodies in babies

Hi Drs, Happy Holidays. I have a question that might sound stupid. If babies born to hiv positive mothers always have their mothers antibodies passed on, will this child develop an immunity to hiv later in life. considering the memory cells which...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
...The maternal antibodies to HIV that an uninfected baby has for the first few months of life were acquired from the antibodies crossing the placenta, Read more »

Cell Replacement

Dear Doctor,I have a question relating to the cells attacked by HIV. Has anyone considered genetic engineering to replace cells lost to the virus? Could cells be made in a test tube and transplanted back into a patient? It seems to me, if you can...
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
...others are involved in "gene therapy" studies which are doing just what you describe. Certain strategies are used to make stem cells, taken from a patient, resistant to HIV infection. These cells are then put back into the patient, and then... Read more »

Invading healthy cells with hiv?

Dr Pierone,I was wondering if a person with hiv, is at risk of more cells being invaded by the hiv virus when they become ill with a cold, other then when not being sick with a cold . Since the body will defend itself when getting sick, does hiv...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...for posting. There is evidence that other infections stimulate an immune response which may lead to a temporary increase in HIV replication. This is thought to be one of the reasons that smokers (who are more prone to chronic bronchial... Read more »

What do you think of the report of a drug which attacks HIV in its hiding place?

Can you give your opinion on this:Ottawa researchers at the Ottawa Hospital announced this week that a naturally occurring protein can reduce the level of HIV to undetectable levels in dormant cells that hide from other drugs. The team tested a...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...mentioned describes the ability of the above protein to reduce the amount of HIV to undetectable levels in latently infected cells. Latently infected cells are those cells in which the virus hides. We will only know, whether or not such a... Read more »
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The Body

Key to HIV Eradication May Lie in Memory T Cells, Researchers Say

...distinct two ways at once for an extended period of time, we can eliminate the reservoirs of HIV that currently persist within the human body, leaving an individual disease-free," says Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, Ph.D., the scientific director of VGTI... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

...that theimmune system is damaged and it is time to begin treatment to prevent OIs likePCP. The Bottom Line Because HIV attacks CD4 cells, CD4 counts usually drop as HIV disease getsworse. Taking effective combinations of HIV drugs may stop... Read more »
University Hospital Heidelberg

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

...stopped completely. The underlying mechanism of this observation was a complete mystery up to now, however. HIV modifies the cell structure system of the host cells Viruses alter the support structures of affected cells, enabling them to... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...cells that kill cancer cells and cells infected with a virus. Researchers can tell these cells apart by specific proteins on the cell surface. A T-4 cell is a T-cell with CD4 molecules on its surface. This type of T-cell is also called "CD4... Read more »
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terminology

Posted by usn694, 3 Replies
...i am wondering about how the t cells and CD4 count works....i tried reading up on it, but i confused myself on it lol.i dont understand which should be higher to Read more »

symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Does it take longer for minor cuts and wounds to heal if you are hiv +. I am a little worried that I was exposed to hiv and than 2 weeks after I noticed I was bruising easier and my cuts were taking Read more »

New HIV virus - Is this the final answer?

Posted by TwinsDad, 2 Replies
...mutates to a different state that current medicines don't work. It this too complicated after working with stem cells and creating human body parts like livers and other organs. Please, let me know if what you think about this? Read more »

16 year old girl needs help

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...which leads him to believe I could have some sort of infection or virus. I'm scared it could be HIV. However, I read that HIV attacks the body's T-cells, so that in actuality if I had HIV wouldn't the count be LOWER than normal? (Please say... Read more »