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How Does Hiv Attack The Immune System

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The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...(CMV), herpes simplex virus, hepatitis B and C,tuberculosis (TB), and herpes zoster (or shingles). IRIS occurs in 15%-25% of people who are starting therapy for HIV for thefirst time. IRIS can occur when people with very weak immune systems (e. g.people who have low CD4 cell counts, high CD8 cell counts, or anemia) start HIVtreatment or in people who start HIV treatment when they already have an OI. Ifthe immune system recovers quickly after...
Ask the Experts

HIV develops escape mutations to evade immune system

Hi Dr. Bob I just want to know your thoughts about this recent discovery. And also as a result of this discovery does that mean that HIV can possibly stay dormant (would Antibody test be unreliable diagnostic procedure? Here is the full article:...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...know (and still don't completely understand) is how HIV manages to evade our body's own immune response. Certainly we know HIV attacks immune cells (CD4) and eventually destroys them. However, there are many other components of the body's immune... Read more »

HIV-Free for me!?!!

Dr Franscino,My name is XX according to the NIH in Bethesda, MD. They feel that I'm an elite controller at the least, possibly one of 3 individuals who has 'cleared'the HIV virus from our systems. I'm curious if you're doing any work in this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...the same strain of HIV. According to the researchers, the key difference in their ability to control the virus is the woman's immune system. Joel Blankson, who led the study, said that the role of the woman's immune system is a "good sign in... Read more »

PML Outside HIV patients?

Dear Dr. Feinberg,My sister recently died. After much uncertainty during her treatment when she was diagnosed with ADEM, however, after her death post mortem tests diagnosed that she had died from PML. My sister was HIV negative, her symptoms...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...PML can occur in both HIV+ and HIV- people, but typically attacks people whose immune systems are not functioning properly, for whatever reason. It is pretty rare among HIV-s. Since there is no proven effective treatment Read more »

How can I help the person with HIV/AIDs?

I work in a Gay and Lesbian Community Center and would also like to do some work at the place in town that provides living space for PWAs. I know how to protect myself from contracting HIV, but how do I protect my friends from me and any 'germs' I...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...Thank you for your thoughtful question. The best way to protect someone with an impaired immune system from catching what you have is to stay home and get over it before you go out in public. In the process, you'll protect everyone Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Amino Acid Mutations in Protein Might Make HIV Vulnerable to Immune System Attack, Study Finds

... Mutations found in four amino acids in the protein that surrounds HIV might make the virus vulnerable to the immune system, according to a study published in the January issue of PLoS Medicine , ANI/ Thailand News reports. For the study,... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...breaks down, people are at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs) and cancers that usually do not harm people with healthy immune systems. HIV can also infect macrophages and other immune cells. Your immune system recognizes and produces... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Examine HIV's Effect on Immune System

...University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and published in PLoS Medicine has found that upon infection "three lines of attack by the immune system are quickly neutralized by HIV," findings they hope "will provide a better understanding of how to... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...Should You Be Tested? Women and Viral Load Areas of Future Viral Load Research What Is a Viral Load? HIV attacks immune system cells called CD4 cells. HIV takes over these cells and turns them into virus factories that produce... Read more »
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I am confused taken meds

Posted by michellej, 1 Reply
...I was told that I have AIDS not HIV my mom asked the doctor!First starting me on 4 different types of antiviral meds. ended up in hospitail! I am and have been useing Read more »

HIV and Memory Loss

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
I'm curious how many of you -- 1. Have experienced easily forgetting things or have trouble learning new things 2. Have a hard time with math 3. Have trouble paying attention for a long period of time 4. Have trouble finding the right words... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
...years if left untreated.After this 10 year period the body will start recieving oi's which occur due to the break down of the immune system over the years.The difference between "ARS" and "OI's" is that "ars" occures when your immune system... Read more »

Has anyone heard about a possible working vaccine?

Posted by stevetrip, 2 Replies
...HIV" "The drugs called DAPY's mimic the virus by changing shape, which enables them to interfere with the way HIV attacks the immune system." sounds promising < :-) is this legitimate? see the post at : ... Read more »