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How Does The Immune System Fight HIV/AIDS Disease?

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...important immune cells don't know which invaders need to be removed from the body. When this coordination 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 antibodies to HIV, but antibodies alone are not enough to eliminate the virus. This is partly...
Ask the Experts

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 »

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 »

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 »

Can HIV compromize the immune system without another disease involved?

Are there studies about HIV positive people with severly compromized immune systems with none of the diseases associated with AIDS? I'm interested if the HIV virus itself has been proven to destroy the immune system of an otherwise healthy person?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...The HIV virus destroys CD4+ T-cells resulting in a chronically activated and damaged immune system without any other germs necessary for the process. Read more »
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The Body PRO

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 »
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 »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

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

...immune system uses chemical signals -- called cytokines -- particularly IL-12 (interleukin-12). Researchers have found that the immune systems of people with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) produce significantly less-than-normal amounts of IL-12. The reduction... 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 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 »

Confusion & Conflict when it comes to HIV and AIDS

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
...vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals and many alternative and complementary therapies. Often, the results were stable or boosted immune systems! The news spread and the evidence was affirmed to us through people who did not get sick. The... 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 why Read more »