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How Does Hiv Target Cells Of The Immune System For Destruction

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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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Injected helper t cells to rebuild immune system?

Sir Bobby,Real quick. What about injected helper t cells in combination with hiv medicines to prevent aids from happening? Or what about inject helper t cells as a shot during treatment iterruptions? What do you stay?Please stay well till your...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Ben,Immune-based therapies have been strong areas of research for quite some time. I did experiments like the ones you proposed in the early nineties. I stimulated T-cells with Interleukin-2 (a T-cell growth factor), grew and expanded T-cell... Read more »

How HIV "burn out" the immune system

I recently read an article about Bruce Walker and his team at Massachussetts General Hospital in Boston. His team has found "the source" of what actually burns out the immune system over time. They attribute the immune system "burn...
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
All of what you say is plausible, but requires more study.... Read more »

Does HIV continue to have a destructive influence even when undetectable

Dear KeithThis is more a side effect of HIV, than ARV, but here goes. After I was successfully treated for stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma in 2003, my cancer consultant reckoned my prognosis could actually be quite good but my HIV consultant mentioned...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV under control (undetectable) can still cause some level of immmune activation/dysfunction which can potentially cause long term health problems-that is area under increasing study. Survivors of cancers/lymphomas (whether HIV + or not) also have... Read more »

abnormal immune system

good afternoon drdue to abnormal immune system, a person co-infected with hiv and hep b has shown to take longer to build an immune response to hiv's presence in the body. we know this has happened in rare cases for sure. what about an...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
With excess production of cortisol (very rare condition) the immune response to HIV would still occur with antibody production and positive EIA/ELISA.... Read more »
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Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system.

Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.

Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... 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 »

Self Destructing Fast

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I have been HIV positive for 7 years. I was in a relationship with a man who turned out to be negative at the time I found out. This was in 2000. This man is very emotionally and physically abusive. I have tried many times to leave but have never... Read more »

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 »