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How Does The Immune System Fight The Infection With Hiv

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

... Introduction Key Organs of the Immune System HIV and the Immune System Footnotes Introduction The immune system is made up of cells and organs that protect your body from outside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (germs) that can cause
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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 BODY STOP HIV INFECTION

if a person is indeed going thru ARS this is the body fighting the virus. Can the body defeat the virus at this point or is is too late if this is indeed ARS? One more question, and i know this is probably a stupid question but I want to ask...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...for Bush and are still convinced he's doing a heck of a job!ARS stands for Acute Retroviral Syndrome. It occurs as the body's immune system kicks into action to fight an HIV infection. It occurs several weeks after infection. The person... Read more »

ARS FIGHTING VIRUS

IF A PERSON WAS EXPOSED TO HIV AND IS INDEED HAVING ARS, IS THIS THE BODY TRYING TO FIGHT OFF THE HIV, AND DOES THE BODY EVER WIN AND PREVENT HIV INFECTION. OR IS IT TOO LATE IF ARS SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT. THANKS.
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...The acute viral syndrome associated with exposure to HIV is the immune system reacting to the exposure to the virus for the first time. It is the body's attempt to fight the viral infection. After the initial Read more »

Could a normal CD4/CD8 ratio ever be evidence that the body is not effectively fighting HIV?

If someone's immune system was not fighting off HIV infection very well...not signalling the CD8 cells to get into action...could that cause a normal CD4/CD8 ratio? In other words, are there times when a normal CD4/CD8 ratio could be misinterpreted...
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
Perhaps. Read more »
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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 »
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 »
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... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...blood test will come back negative for someone who was infected very recently. The test looks for antibodies produced by the immune system to fight HIV. It can take two months or more for these antibodies to be produced. See Fact Sheet 102 for... 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 »

Memory loss

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...why do you get memory loss with hiv ? 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 »