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How The Hiv Virus Attacks The Immune System

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Get the Facts
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

What Is AIDS, HIV and HIV Disease?

...mean that a person has AIDS. A diagnosis of AIDS is made by a physician using the above clinical criteria. What Is HIV Disease? HIV disease is used to broadly describe the disease or illness caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus; if untreated, the disease typically progress slowly from asymptomatic infection to worsening immunocompromise to AIDS. In general, this process takes about ten years, though this can vary...
Ask the Experts

HIV develops escape mutations to evade immune system

Hi Dr. Bob I just want to know your thoughts about this recent discovery. And also as a result of this discovery does that mean that HIV can possibly stay dormant (would Antibody test be unreliable diagnostic procedure? Here is the full article:...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,The article you reference is a short review that discusses the genetics of HIV evolution. We have known for some time that HIV mutates (changes) fairly rapidly. That's how it manages to become resistant to Read more »

reentlydiagnosed as hiv+

i was diagnosed in jan 18th 08 ,im not on meds as i feel fine ,i just take selenium,200micrograms a day...will this help fight the virus and increase my cd4 count
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

...There are some unproven reports that some minerals, such as selenium, can be used as supplements to help nourish your immune system. Again, these are unproven reports, and the definition of "nourish" or "strengthening" is very subjective. It... Read more »

Can HIV compromize the immune system without another disease involved?

Are there studies about HIV positive people with severly compromized immune systems with none of the diseases associated with AIDS? I'm interested if the HIV virus itself has been proven to destroy the immune system of an otherwise healthy person?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...The HIV virus destroys CD4+ T-cells resulting in a chronically activated and damaged immune system without any other germs necessary for the process. Read more »

HERPES attacks

Is it normal for an HIV + person to shed of his Herpes virus. Or will the herpes just keep getting worse due to poor immune system?Thanks
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...Herpes infections are not curable even in HIV-s; once you have the herpes virus, you have it for life. With suppressive medication for herpes it is possible to control the Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Amino Acid Mutations in Protein Might Make HIV Vulnerable to Immune System Attack, Study Finds

... Mutations found in four amino acids in the protein that surrounds HIV might make the virus vulnerable to the immune system, according to a study published in the January issue of PLoS Medicine , ANI/ Thailand News reports. For the study,... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of advanced HIV, also known as AIDS. HIV is a virus that attacks your immune system. During its initial assault (which is known as acute infection or primary infection ), your immune... Read more »
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 Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Examine HIV's Effect on Immune System

...University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and published in PLoS Medicine has found that upon infection "three lines of attack by the immune system are quickly neutralized by HIV," findings they hope "will provide a better understanding of how to... Read more »
Connect With Others

I am confused taken meds

Posted by michellej, 1 Reply
...I was told that I have AIDS not HIV my mom asked the doctor!First starting me on 4 different types of antiviral meds. ended up in hospitail! I am and have been useing Read more »

HI- Support our nurses "ugly necklace" contest!!!

Posted by rninli, 1 Reply
Hi everyone- we are nurses in a small community hospital on Long Island in NY and we decided to have some fun and be creative and we entered the "ugly necklace" contest sponsored by "land of odds" bead stores and we made it to the finals! We are... Read more »

HIV and Memory Loss

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
I'm curious how many of you -- 1. Have experienced easily forgetting things or have trouble learning new things 2. Have a hard time with math 3. Have trouble paying attention for a long period of time 4. Have trouble finding the right words... Read more »

interesting news story about man with HIV?

Posted by RPH, 2 Replies
...Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Exposing Woman to HIV Wednesday, June 13, 2007 ST. JOSEPH, Missouri ? A man who spent five years in jail for exposing sexual partners to HIV was sentenced Read more »