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CD4 Cell Tests

...tell these cells apart by specific proteins on the cell surface. A T-4 cell is a T-cell with CD4 molecules on its surface. This type of T-cell is also called "CD4 positive," or CD4. Why Are CD4 Cells Important in HIV? When HIV infects humans, the cells it infects most often are CD4 cells. The genetic code of the virus becomes part of the cells. When CD4 cells multiply to fight an infection, they also make more copies of HIV. When someone...
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Herpes and HIV Transmission Revisited

Dear Dr. Bob: I sent a version of this following query to you a couple weeks ago, but no reply from you. I realize you are extremely busy so I will try again. I was the one that posted the query over a year ago about the new research which seemed to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Press Release Scientists Learn Why Even Treated Genital Herpes Sores Boost the Risk of HIV InfectionAugust 2, 2009New research helps explain why infection with herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), which... Read more »

How long does the vaccination last for(Hepatitis A)?

In regards to this question asked before your answer was they seem to last for a very long time. How long is a very long time? 10,20years? Can you be more specific. Thanks!
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...well.Other issues that affect surface antibody levels are concomitant illnesses that may cause declines of antibodies, like HIV infection, transplant, etc.... Read more »

A Thought that can change lives of Many HIV Patients

Dear Doc,First of all you guys are doing a great job. I have been doing lot of research on HIV as my hobby and urge to help mankind by contributing even a little.Can you guide me if following can be tried out on HIV patients, I have read a lot...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...parents and therefore do not have one of these receptors, called CCR5 present on their cells and are relatively resistant to HIV infection. There is considerable interest in repopulating a human immune system with CD4 cells that either have this... Read more »

A Thought that can change lives of Many HIV Patients

Can you guide me if following can be tried out on HIV patients, I have read a lot about mature T4 cells being replicated and grown outside the body.. Also I have read lot about defective co-receptors surface areas of T4 cells which do not allow HIV...
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
...cells would be destroyed by the host. Second, some approaches to this problem are being studied. But they utilize taking the HIV infected person's cells out, inserting genes into those cells (that either destroy the virus or protect the cells),... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

...coughing, sneezing or talking by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something -- such as a surface or object -- with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Can I get 2009 H1N1 more than... Read more »
Project Inform

Flu Season and Living With HIV

...HIV, call Project Inform's HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Hotline at 1-800-822-7422. Concerns For People Living With HIV HIV impairs the body's ability to fight infections, like the flu or common cold. People with HIV are more likely to get... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...several fluids and tissue of a person living with HIV. It is important to understand however, that finding a small amount of HIV in a body fluid or tissue does not mean that HIV is transmitted by that body fluid or tissue. Only specific fluids... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...help you and your health care provider keep track ofhow you are doing in the following areas: Immune System Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell... Read more »
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Hiv survival on organic surfaces (e.g. skin, hair)

Posted by Antre, 2 Replies
...in just a few hours there is no active virus at all. My question is whether the active time of the virus is affected by the surface or not. What if the surface is our own skin? Will this affect its active time? For example, let's say that we... Read more »

How long before symptoms surface??

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...For those who are infected with HIV, How long was it after exposure before the symptoms surfaced? Weeks? Months?? Years even?? Second question, What are the most common symptoms of the virus?? If someone out there could Read more »

blood

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Hi. Just a question about blood on environmental surfaces. Suppose someone were to have a bleeding wound and get a small drop of blood on a surface (assuming the person was hiv+) and Read more »

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

Posted by MOCHA
...online issue of Nature Medicine, "is very interesting and unexpected," said Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, director of the Laboratory for AIDS Virus Research at the Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City. "It may explain part of the relative... Read more »