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How Is Your Body Affected When Hiv Attacks The Helper T Cells

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Treatment Action Group

Attack of the Killer Helpers (Part Two)

Among the many tasks of the immune system, the responsibility for recognizing and killing virus-infected cells largely falls to the subset of CD8 T cells designated cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTL). The question of whether CD4 T cells (traditionally... Read more »
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T Follicular Helper Cells and HIV

T follicular helper cells (TFH) are a subset of CD4 T cells that reside almost exclusively in the lymph nodes, where they specialize in helping B cells generate antibodies. In a testament to the complexity and difficulty of studying the immune... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

HIV Replication and Persistence in T Follicular Helper Cells

Following up on the recent post on T follicular helper cells(TFH) , a study published on December 17th in the Journal of Experimental Medicine reports that TFH represent a major site of HIV replication andpersistence. The finding is not... Read more »
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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
Hey Ben,Immune-based therapies have been strong areas of research for quite some time. I did experiments like the ones you proposed in the early nineties. I stimulated T-cells with Interleukin-2 (a T-cell growth factor), grew and expanded T-cell... Read more »

Do my T-cell count affect my body to rehabilitate?

I know exercise is important and have been in the gym as long as I can remember. After testing positive for HIV 16 months ago I notice if I exerct myself too much I'm physically unable to exercise for a long while. The only way to explain the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Dear K in Charlott, thank you for your post.I'm happy to hear that your viral load is undetectable and CD4s are starting to increase. Your symptoms are difficult to pin down and the diagnosis may depend a lot on which medications you're... 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...
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
The 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 »

PML and low helper cells

I was diagnosed with PML in February 2000 after comparing the results of an MRI in December 1999 and January 2000. My neurologist has only seen 2 other cases of PML which were further in the disease progression than I appear to be. He and my HIV...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
You're already doing what you can to improve your T cells by taking combination therapy for HIV. Some people have a slower rise in T cells than others, and although you haven't had the fastest possible rise, a slow and steady one will... Read more »
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Affecting factor for HIV test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I heard that some anti-allergic medicine (i.e piriton) will prevent the body from producing antibody...right?? Will someone take this medicine getting the -ve result for HIV even he/she is inflected. IF yes, need he/she stop to have those medicine... Read more »

Do anybody know about CD4 cells count?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi guys,

I have a question about my tests - in fear of HIV infection because of a bad incident and symptoms not long after, I went to have my blood tested for HIV as well as other infections - the PCR and antibody test both turned out Negative, but... Read more »

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How Soon Should T-Cell Count Increase?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I was infected in October 2003, diagnosed in December 2003, and went on Sustiva and Combivir December 30, 2003. My viral load went from an initial count of 125,000 down to 120, 2 weeks ago. Will probably be "undectable" soon. My question is, my CD4+... Read more »