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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 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »

will vitamins and Immune system booster affect hiv test results??

Posted by xrayvison, 3 Replies
I have a quick question. I am going to get an hiv test done soon but I was wondering since I take a high dose of immune system boosters like vitamin c, zinc, and vitamin d as a supplement for healthy living, would this affect the outcome of my test... Read more »

Suppressed immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

I was just wondering what types of things suppress your immune system, which I know can delay your HIV test from coming up positive? Read more »

immune system question?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had unprotected sex with two diffrent 19 year old caucasion women between late dec.2002 and early jan 2003,i was tested at over thirty days and came up negative and have just gone in for a 60 day test this week,ive been really depressed and... Read more »

the method of exposing the immune system .....

Posted by Anonymous
8-14-97 The method of exposing the immune system to parts of HIV
in advanced evolved forms can be made more effective if the
immune system is prepard in advance for this treatment. People
with HIV infection receive some of this preparation but the... Read more »
Ask the Experts

suppressed immune system

I recently read that someone with a severe immune suppression after being infected with hiv could possibly test negative on an antibody test. It was said also that this suppression would come from a genetic defect. Could this occur in someone who...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
The HIV antibody test is very reliable and it is extremely rare for someone to be infected for more than a few months and not have detectable antibodies. You are correct that there are cases reported of people being antibody negative with HIV but... Read more »

How good is my immune system?

I was diagnosed HIV positive in December 1997. I must have been infected 2 years before that, as I had had a test and it was negative (stupidly, I didn't retest after 3 months)in late 1995.My CD4 count has always remained above 500, and my...
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
Your immune system is pretty good thus far. That low, but detectable viral load is a bit high for my comfort. Most people with long term nonprogression (>10 years of infection) have viral loads <500, and CD4 >500. As long as the CD4 cells... Read more »

Immune System Enhancement

Hello Bob, I'd like to start by appreciating the immense hope you're rendering to all HIV+ patients and their close ones. My younger sister has been diagnosed HIV+ earlier this month and she has a current CD4 count of 665. Here in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Sam,Thank you for your very kind comments. They are warmly appreciated. I'm sorry to hear about your sister's recent diagnosis.Regarding over-the-counter drugs or foodstuffs to keep the CD4 count high, unfortunately there are none.... Read more »

Low VL taxing on immune system

Dear Doctor,I sereconverted earlier this year. My doctor tells me I don't need any medication yet and in numbers are very good for someone that recently sereconverted.2007Feb 12 - Tested negative during seroconversion.Mar 26 - Tested HIV+ with...
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
This is a great question and debated among experts. Some believe that you should give HIV treatment to almost all folks to stop viral replication, stopping the chronic stimulation, and preserve the immune system. Some believe that some viral... Read more »
Massachusetts General Hospital

Researchers Discover "Switch" Responsible for Turning Off the Immune System's Response Against HIV

Boston -- Researchers at the Partners AIDS Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (PARC-MGH) may have discovered a second molecular "switch" responsible for turning off the immune system's response against HIV. Last year members of the... Read more »
National Association of People With AIDS

Reseeding the Immune System -- An Encouraging New Approach to Erase HIV From Infected Individuals

Robert Caldwell, Ph.D.. There's growing excitement about what look like real cures of HIV infection, using donor stem cells to rebuild damaged immune systems -- even though the treatments are too brutal for any but the sickest cancer patients... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

HIV and Your Immune System

Why Learn About HIV and the Immune System? Permitting us to survive and thrive in a sea of potentially infectious microbes, our immune systems are always at work. Laboring, for the most part, in relative silence and obscurity, these systems of... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

The Immune System, HIV and Shrinking Brains

In the previous report , researchers in London, UK, found very little changes in the brains of medically stable HIV-positive men compared with those of HIV-negative men of similar age and educational background. However, the London team used a... Read more »