How Does The Hiv Virus Affect The Helper T Cell

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AIDS InfoNet

What Is AIDS?

...means you can get infected with it. Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body's system that fights diseases. Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease. AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make "antibodies" -- special molecules to fight HIV. A blood test for HIV looks for these antibodies. If...
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t cell transfusion

I understand that HIV directly affects the helper t cell population. And that t cells are necessary to stimulate B cells, B cells to differentiate into plasma cells, finally secreting antibodies. Of course as time passes, the virus depletes the t...
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
...That is a great question. Unfortunately giving t cells to someone with HIV is like giving them an organ transplant. The t cells would be recognized as foreign and would be destroyed. If you could get Read more »

Th1 & Th2 - Manipulating immune responses

Hi doctor Bob. Thanks for all your hard work in helping us who are infected/affected by HIV. Just have a quick question. It doesn't belong in this forum but didn't know who to ask and I can't find an active forum it would fit into Thought you'd...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...T-cells (see above) to help them maintain their ability to kill infected cells in the body. These CD4 T-cells are termed "Th1 helper cells." Other CD4 T-cells produce different cytokines, such as interleukin 4 (IL-4) and work cooperatively with... Read more »

Helper T-Cells

I've read that non-progressors produce certain type of "T helper Cells" in enough quantity so as to contain the virus, while progressors produce the same kind of "T helper Cells" but not in enough quantity. Has anybody tried yet to clone these...
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
...cells you are referring to I believe are the CD8 cytotoxic t cells. This type of cell is the primary containment mechanism of HIV replication. The mechanism by which these cells contain replication is the subject of intense research. Infusing... Read more »

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
...(a T-cell growth factor), grew and expanded T-cell populations (both CD4 and CD8) outside the body, and re-infused them into HIV-positive folks. The results were mixed. These types of therapies are incredibly complex, very expensive, and... Read more »
University Hospital Heidelberg

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

...acute symptoms, there is a latency period of several years before the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) manifests. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has developed numerous strategies for eluding the body's defenses and the... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Challenges in Designing HIV Vaccines

...HIV replication without necessarily killing the infected cell. CD8+ T cells appear to be critical to resisting HIV infection. T helper cells, another component of cellular immunity, direct antibody- and cell-mediated immune responses, like a... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Riddle Women: Reports of Progress Toward Understanding How Some People Appear to Fight Off HIV

...what appear to be protective responses, and on elucidating the roles of less well-characterized immune players, including CD4+ T-helper cells and mucosal responses, in resistance to HIV. Alongside the science, the project was set up from the... Read more »
Search for a Cure

Maintain Your T-Cell Count, and Get More T-Cells

...and kills infected cells. However, it does not do its job well without assistance from a T-helper cell. The assistance that T-helper cells give can only happen if the T-helper cells recognize the specific germ in the body. As your immune... Read more »
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time line

Posted by Anonymous
...Francisco, also isolates a retrovirus, which he names ARV (AIDS-associated retrovirus). In 1986, a compromise name is settled upon: human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Once the virus is discovered, new discoveries occur at a rapid pace:... Read more »


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... Any truth to these sites? Who to believe: government sites or activist sites? The more I research information about HIV and AIDS, the more complicated the relationship between the two seems to be and the more treatments... Read more »

Do any drugs affect HIV test results?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I am taking valium for anxiety and recently had a negative HIV test. Could taking valium have compromised the HIV test results? Read more »

Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...know what I mean. I am worried that I got some vaginal secretions into my mouth and then into my blood stream. I dont know her hiv status but I've found out that she has let a lot of guys do this. Afterwards, I felt extremely guilty for cheating... Read more »