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How The Immune System Fights HIV

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...health care provider about getting tested for HIV. Testing for Acute HIV Infection The normal HIV blood test will come back negative for someone who was infected very recently. The test looks for antibodies produced by the immune system to fight HIV. It can take two months or more for these antibodies to be produced. See Fact Sheet 102 for more information. However, the viral load test (see Fact Sheet 125 ) measures the virus itself....
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new drug ?

Hi. I read that a Canadian Scientist have found a focal point on PD1. Perhaps it acts as an on/ off switch for HIV to replicate and the CD8 cells work better to get rid of infected cells. Have you heard of this in trials for HIV or making headway?
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...PD1 is a molecule on the surface od CD8 cells, those cells in the immune system that are important in fighting off HIV. Three groups (Dr. Koup and Dr. Walker in the US and Dr. Sekaly in Canada) reported that Read more »

Alcohol -vs- Immune system

Thank you for the time you take to answer these questions. I have read practically all of them. I can't find anything related to my predicament, so I honestly believe that you have never heard this question.I know that alcohol consumed in large...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...that alcohol -- and probably in larger quantities -- might negatively affect immune cells, but how that translates into the immune system's ability to fight HIV is unclear. Refer to Cal Cohen's response to Alcohol and AIDS. You might want to... Read more »

VL UNDETECTABLE. HIV TEST NEGATIVE??

IF YOUR VIRAL LOAD (AS AN HIV INFECTED PERSON) BECOMES UNDETECTABLE, DOES THAT MEAN THAT AN HIV TEST AT THIS TIME WOULD APPEAR NEGATIVE?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(ELISA and Western Blot assays) are serologic tests, tests that look for specific antibodies in the blood serum produced by the immune system. In other words, ELISA and Western Blot tests do not look for the presence of HIV itself, but rather the... Read more »

Confussed about Acute Treatment

First let me say, thank you from the bottom of my heart to you and all of the doctors that contribute to the vast information on this site. It truely is a god send to so many of us.I know that there is a lot of different opionions due to lack of...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...to indicate this should be the standard practice.The idea is that treatment during early infection can preserve parts of your immune system that can best fight HIV - this ability to fight HIV will come in handy later in the course of your... Read more »
Articles
The Body PRO

Harnessing the Immune System to Fight HIV

... Harnessing the Immune System to Fight HIV Infection (WeOrA197) Authored by Bruce Walker Non-abstract driven session The presentations in this session Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

T-20: Will Long-term Use Weaken the Immune Systems Ability to Fight HIV?

...To help successfully control infections by certain microbes, the immune system uses chemical signals -- called cytokines -- particularly IL-12 (interleukin-12). Researchers have found that the immune systems Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Immune System Cells Might Be Revived to Fight HIV, Studies Say

... The process that renders immune system cells ineffective in fighting HIV potentially can be reversed, according to studies published in the journals Nature and Nature Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Anti-HIV Treatment Improves Immune System and Fights Sight-Threatening Eye Infection

...A combination of anti-HIV drugs appears to help rejuvenate the immune systems of people with AIDS and prevent progression of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, a potentially blinding AIDS-related eye complication. Read more »
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HIV remission board

Posted by Anonymous
...is a Washington Patient and a Bethesda Patient too? If you are interested in discussing what it takes to really pump up your immune system and train it to fight HIV check out this site: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/hivremission Read more »

Quandary about HIV

Posted by squanderer, 3 Replies
...could feel a cold coming on, and then the next day would be fine. Has anyone else experienced this ? I suspect that maybe our immune system is overactive trying to fight the HIV, and it kills everything else. 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 Read more »

Weak immune system vs time to produce antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...had a confirmed std but tested negative for Hiv at 3-4 months. Is it possible that because she is 106 lbs and has a very weak immune system that it is taking her longer to develope antibodies. Is there any data out there or thinking that those... Read more »