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Major Function Of Immune System

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Damages the Immune System

Introduction The basic structure of HIV is similar to that of other viruses (Figure 1 ). HIV has a core of genetic material surrounded by a protective sheath, called a capsid . The genetic material in the core is RNA (ribonucleic acid), which contains the information that the virus needs in order to replicate (make more copies of itself) and perform other functions. You can think of RNA as the set of rules the virus follows in order to...
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Immune System Enhancement

Hello Bob, I'd like to start by appreciating the immense hope you're rendering to all HIV+ patients and their close ones. My younger sister has been diagnosed HIV+ earlier this month and she has a current CD4 count of 665. Here in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Sam,Thank you for your very kind comments. They are warmly appreciated. I'm sorry to hear about your sister's recent diagnosis.Regarding over-the-counter drugs or foodstuffs to keep the CD4 count high, unfortunately there are none.... Read more »

Immune function

Dr. Holodniy, Besides T cell and IgG subsets, what other tests are there to determine the strength of one's immune system...ability to fight off viruses and bacteria? Could low IgG (or a low level of other non-CD4 immune cells)cause a virus...
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
T lymphocytes are the predominant cell type the body uses to fight and contain these viral infections. B cells produce antibodies and are a secondary containment system. For awhile, HIV infection often results in more antibodies in general being... Read more »

steroids/immune function

I have recently asked my doctor if would be safe to try anabolic steroids to help me pu on weight. I was told that it would lower my immune function? Although there seems to be some positve stuff regarding anabolic steroids in this forum. Are they...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Some studies show that specific anabolic steroids have beneficial effects on specific immune functions. Differences in how specific anabolic steroids affect the immune system in HIV should be studied. Some HIV doctors prescribe testosterone and the... Read more »

Immune Function & Anabolic Steriods

Right or wrong, I was a body builder and until recently was taking stanazolol and dianabol on one of my cycles and decca (nandrolone) on another. I have recently been diagnosed +ve and had a bout of PCP. Now that I am recovered from the PCP I want...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello, and thanks for posting. I am not aware of adverse effects of androgenic or anabolic steroids on immune function in patients with HIV infection. As you indicate, some people feel that steroids should be used more often in HIV management in... 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 »

the method of exposing the immune system .....

Posted by Anonymous
8-14-97 The method of exposing the immune system to parts of HIV
in advanced evolved forms can be made more effective if the
immune system is prepard in advance for this treatment. People
with HIV infection receive some of this preparation but the... Read more »

Major Strategic Breakthrough

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Major Strategic Breakthrough In Controlling The AIDS Virus Made By Montreal Researchers

23 Aug 2006

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=50180

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A team of researchers from the Universite de Montreal and the Centre... Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system.

Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.

Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »