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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
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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
...HIV related damage. There is no currently available treatment that enhances HIV-specific immunity that would allow the body to fight off HIV without antiretroviral medications. No natural products have been clearly shown to decrease AIDS-related... Read more »

Alcohol -vs- Immune system

Thank you for the time you take to answer these questions. I have read practically all of them. I can't find anything related to my predicament, so I honestly believe that you have never heard this question.I know that alcohol consumed in large...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...that alcohol -- and probably in larger quantities -- might negatively affect immune cells, but how that translates into the immune system's ability to fight HIV is unclear. Refer to Cal Cohen's response to Alcohol and AIDS. You might want to... Read more »

Fighting HIV with HIV?

Hello Sexy,Is this true?http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&storyid=2006-11-06T220335Z_01_N06300058_RTRUKOC_0_US-AIDS-VIRUS.xml&src=rss&rpc=22For the lazy bums:WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An AIDS virus genetically engineered to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...consequently involved only five patients. It involved a gene therapy procedure called "antisense," which involves genetically altering HIV to make it unharmful ("nonpathogenic"). CD4 cells were removed from the five test subjects. Those cells... Read more »

HIV

how does the hiv-infection affect the immune system
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...HIV infects and causes the destruction of CD4 cells- an very important cell in the immune system itself. Over time, CD4 cells decline to the point where the immune system is not able to fight off certain infections and cancers. Read more »
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Harnessing the Immune System to Fight HIV

... Harnessing the Immune System to Fight HIV Infection (WeOrA197) Authored by Bruce Walker Non-abstract driven session The presentations in this session Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

T-20: Will Long-term Use Weaken the Immune Systems Ability to Fight HIV?

...To help successfully control infections by certain microbes, the immune system uses chemical signals -- called cytokines -- particularly IL-12 (interleukin-12). Researchers have found that the immune systems Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Immune System Cells Might Be Revived to Fight HIV, Studies Say

... The process that renders immune system cells ineffective in fighting HIV potentially can be reversed, according to studies published in the journals Nature and Nature Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Anti-HIV Treatment Improves Immune System and Fights Sight-Threatening Eye Infection

...A combination of anti-HIV drugs appears to help rejuvenate the immune systems of people with AIDS and prevent progression of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, a potentially blinding AIDS-related eye complication. Read more »
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PRESENCE OF ANTIBODIES MEANS IMMUNITY

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...PRESENCE OF ANTIBODIES MEANS IMMUNITY Usually, if you test positive for antibodies that means that your immune system has effectively fought off a pathogen and you now have immunity. But with the HIV test, the logic is reversed. Instead of... Read more »

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 Read more »

More on the two immune system stuff

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
... 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 don't they get flus all the time? Why do... Read more »

Weak immune system vs time to produce antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...had a confirmed std but tested negative for Hiv at 3-4 months. Is it possible that because she is 106 lbs and has a very weak immune system that it is taking her longer to develope antibodies. Is there any data out there or thinking that those... Read more »