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How Does The Immune System Fight The Infection With Hiv

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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 and HIV infection

After having possible exposure to hiv infected blood, I had no acute symptoms for 7 weeks, I then went and had hernia repair. Two days after the surgery I woke up with serious muscle pain on my left shoulder. My questions 1- does hiv have a better...
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 pain by itself is very nonspecific. Although anesthesia or surgery could theoretically alter the immune system temporarily, It would be unlikely that infection (if present) would have been altered 7 weeks after exposure.MH... Read more »

Crashed immune system and opportunisitic infections

My daughter was diagnosed HIV positive 11 years ago during her pregnancy. She did well for years, however after a car wreck 3 years ago she became addicted to hydrocordone. Since then she has lost her job, her marriage and is out of money so she...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I am very sorry to hear about your daughters problems. I agree that she may in danger of losing her life if she does deal with her addiction and irregular medical care. A concerted family effort to influence her to get into a drug treatment program... Read more »

Immune System Transfer?

I don't want to come across as an idiot. I'm going to ask anyway-is there such a thing as taking a Pos/Neg couple and using the Negative partners immune system to somehow help the Positive partners overall health? The reason I ask about...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and there are no bad questions, so don't worry. The idea of transferring immune cells to help people with HIV infection has been tried with a variety of methods over the years. Most of the attempts were in the desperate era before HAART... Read more »

Holes in immune system

Hi,I was wondering if you could talk more about the "holes in the immune system" which I have seen in a couple different places on this site. (including in Dr. Steve's account of Dr. Bob's death) I was wondering what that means...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello Susan and thanks for posting.When we speak about "holes in the immune system", we are referring to gaps in the repertoire of the immune response. If you think of the universe of things that our immune system is supposed to react to... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Compromised immune system always = HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have a bacterial infection that in most people goes away within a few weeks. But I have had it for so long that my doctor says I must have a compromised immune system and said that it could be HIV. I don't know what to think. I've had 2 sexual... Read more »