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Immune System Response To Hiv

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Examines Gender Differences in Immune System's Response to HIV

New research showing that "a receptor molecule involved in the recognition of HIV-1 responds to the virus differently in women than in men," might "explain why HIV infection progresses faster to AIDS in women than in men with similar viral loads,"... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Look to Gene Therapy as Way to Boost Immune System Response to HIV

The Los Angeles Times reports on the recent efforts of scientists to use gene therapy to strengthen the ability of patients living with HIV to fight off the HIV virus. The article examines an ongoing project by a team of researchers in California... Read more »
Ask the Experts

HCV and immune response in HIV infected

Dear Doctor M:In HIV patients, why is HCV PCR testing sometimes necessary to establish HCV if the lymphocyte group that makes antibodies is B cell and HIV attacks T cells? Doesn't the immune dysfunction in HIV occur elsewhere than the location...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
PCR testing for HCV RNA is only necessary to get a "baseline" test of the level of virus in a person's system. It is important to follow this number over time as someone is treated for HCV to see if the virus is responding to... Read more »

HIV-specific immune responses

Hi, I keep hearing preserving "HIV-specific immune responses", in the context of early treatment during ARS. I am not clear what that means. Could you please explain it?Thank you very much. ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question.Our immune system has a vast capacity to recognize and therefore, fight many different foreign invaders-- typically, this is what allows us to fight off bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Not all of this potential is... Read more »

Acute HIV - Immune Response

I was infected on 10/30/2010. I became ill with flu like symptoms on 11/19 and was sick with a fever for exactly 2 weeks (never went above 101). I feel fine now, except for anxiety. Tested positive on 12/2. Blood test results: 12/3 VL 1.8 mil CD4...
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
Yes, the CD4 count and/or percent can drop dramatically with acute infection, and then recover in the next few months as the immune system gets control of the infection. Likewise, the viral load can remain elevated for some period of months and... Read more »

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 so many of the antiretroviral... Read more »
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More on the two immune system stuff

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Again, the below gospel is plagerized from Gallant.

This may be a dumb question -- but I would sincerely appreciate an answer

If AIDS is a breakdown of the immune system, why don't people with AIDS get
colds all the time? Why... Read more »

Peat therapy: stimulates immune response

Posted by Anonymous
Basically simple physiology explains the mechanism of how it benefits immunosuppressed patients. First, peat retains the temperature of water almost 6x better than water alone. Heat retention is important as the internal body temperature needs to... Read more »

Weak immune system vs time to produce antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello everyone
I believe I have been infected with Hiv. I havnt been tested yet but I have many of the symptoms associated with ARS
The source of my possible infection had a confirmed std but tested negative for Hiv at 3-4 months. Is it possible that... Read more »

The immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The immune system may be able to come back more powerfully than anyone thought after a break in treatment with AIDS drugs, researchers said Wednesday.

They said in patients who had decided to interrupt their complex HIV drug... Read more »