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How Does Immune System Fight Hiv And Aids

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How the Immune System Fights Disease

Introduction Normal T Cell Response to Infection HIV Interferes With Normal Immune Response Introduction The immune system is a complex network of cells and chemicals. Its mission is to protect us against foreign organisms and substances. The cells in the immune system have the ability to recognize something as either "self" or "invader," and they try to get rid of anything that is an invader. Many different kinds of cells, and hundreds...
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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 »

HIV to AIDS immune system

Hello Dr. McGovern, can you tell me what changes occur in the immune system when an HIV patient becomes an AIDS patient?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
This is usually marked by a CD4 count less than 200 cells or the onset of a particular type of illness that suggests a weakened immune system. Please refer your HIV questions to the HIV forum.... Read more »

What percentage of immune system differentiates between HIV and AIDS

I have heard that if the immune system is 20% or lower, then a person with HIV is considered to have AIDS. Is this true?...
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
The definition of AIDS in someone diagnosed with HIV infection is a CD4 count < 200 or < 14%.... Read more »

Boosting AIDS/HIV patients immune systems thru Chiropractic care

Hello:My question is; can you refer me to any "studies" or "research" that I can read regarding how Chiropractic Care boosts the immune systems of AIDS/HIV patients? I personnally have AIDS and am currently seeing a chiropractor...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
I am unaware of any research that has shown this and a quick search failed to show anything. You can search at this address for information: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi... Read more »
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two immune systems?????

Posted by Anonymous
I think there are two immune systems. One that fights colds, flu's and stuff like that. The other fights OI's (opportunist Infections). So, that would explain why people with AIDS don't get colds and the flu.
The immune systems are described below... Read more »

More on the two immune system stuff

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Again, the below gospel is plagerized from Gallant.

This may be a dumb question -- but I would sincerely appreciate an answer

If AIDS is a breakdown of the immune system, why don't people with AIDS get
colds all the time? Why... Read more »

Weak immune system vs time to produce antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello everyone
I believe I have been infected with Hiv. I havnt been tested yet but I have many of the symptoms associated with ARS
The source of my possible infection had a confirmed std but tested negative for Hiv at 3-4 months. Is it possible that... 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 »