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Is AIDS Caused By A Virus That Attacks The Immune System?

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...system also gets rid of abnormal cancerous cells that are growing out of control. When functioning properly, it fights off infection and keeps you healthy. But when it malfunctions, germs that enter the body can more easily cause disease or death. Some important components of the immune system are: Dendritic cells and macrophages T cells Killer T cells Natural killer cells B cells Neutrophils Dendritic Cells...
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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
...know (and still don't completely understand) is how HIV manages to evade our body's own immune response. Certainly we know HIV attacks immune cells (CD4) and eventually destroys them. However, there are many other components of the body's immune... 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.

...considered substitutes for antiretroviral therapy medications. Selenium alone cannot lower virus or improve CD4 reconstitution caused by progressive viral replication. We have drove down that road before without success. Watch you do not get... Read more »

genetically engineer immune cells into potent weapons for battling HIV (CTL, GENE THERAPY)

I would love to know what you think about this.................Einstein researchers genetically engineer immune cells into potent weapons for battling HIVMarch 4, 2008 (Bronx, NY) By outfitting immune-system killer cells with a new pair of genes,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...gene therapy, which is perhaps the most promising and, unfortunately, the most challenging type of immune-based therapy. The immune system is exquisitely balanced and phenomenally complex. Every time we tinker with one small aspect of it... Read more »

What exactly is AIDS? In detail.

Well, my heading pretty much asks my whole question. I am doing a report/presentation in one of my classes at school and I would like a detailed answer on what AIDS is. Thanks.
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Hi. Thank you for your question. AIDS is a disease caused by a virus called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. In this disease, the Read more »
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The Faith in Prevention Training Manual: Tools for Your HIV/AIDS Ministry

...people perish for lack of knowledge" -- Hosea 4:6a Chapter 1: HIV/AIDS 101 AIDS is a chronic, life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging or destroying the cells of your immune system, HIV... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

The Immune System

...unwanted germs. Each lymph node is densely packed with millions of immune cells that identify and destroy the microbes that cause disease. These infection-fighting cells are known as white blood cells or leukocytes, and they are the fundamental... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

What Is AIDS, HIV and HIV Disease?

...ability to fight infections and certain cancers. That is, people diagnosed with AIDS may have opportunistic infections, which are caused by microbes such as viruses or bacteria that usually do not make healthy people sick. The immune system of a... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...Prevent HIV Infection? What Is HIV? HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Your immune system is your body's defense system. While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system, HIV targets... Read more »
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Proof that AIDS is a race-specific bio-weapoon.

Posted by Sojuro, 1 Reply
...Defense Department the money and the Defense Department contiued to work on this synthetic biological agent which could attack the immune system. This work was conducted in a laboratory at Ft. Dietrick in Maryland. Throughout the engineering of... Read more »

hiv gene therapy

Posted by hopefulone, 2 Replies gene therapy has been getting a lot of play in the national and international press as of late....i would be interetested in Read more »

Key facts about HIV/AIDS - Note Last Item

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...among adults aged under 60: WHAT IS AIDS AND WHAT CAUSES IT? * AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). INCUBATION PERIOD AND SYMPTOMS: * The HIV virus does... Read more »

Maybe it is not HIV

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 3 Replies
...LIVES. WE HAVE SYMPTOMS AND NO ANSWERS we do go online and try to find answers to our symptoms , and often they are related to immune system problems or fit the HIV symptoms to a T (It probably does not help that HIV can cause every symptom in... Read more »