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The Disease Aids, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Is Caused By

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

Background The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional impairment of cells of the immune system, notably CD4+ T cells, HIV progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers. An HIV-infected person is diagnosed with AIDS when his...
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Immunity Deficiency and HIV

Hi Dr. Daar,I've submitted a questions in the past and still have no answer, I understand that you are a busy person, and I hope that I get lucky this time.my question is at what point an HIV + individual will develope Immune Deficiency...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Hi Joe,Thank you for your post and sorry for the delay in responding. Your questions are complicated but I will try to address some of these issues the best I can.First of all, most people who are doing well on antiretroviral therapy do make... Read more »

immune reconstitution syndrome- causing blindness!!!??how common is this?

hey,i'm a 4th year med student from south africa. During my opthalmology rotation I have seen many patients on ARV's with really nasty side-effects,but not to the drugs themselves....(presumably due to immune reconstitution syndrome) The...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Very good question. Starting treatment earlier as a general policy/practice (with a higher CD4 count) is important. It is standard of care in the US to have a good retina examination looking for even subtle CMV retinitis in patients with CD4 count... Read more »

inheritance immune subclass deficiency and risk

Dear Dr. Bob,I truly admire your work and your passion towards the topic of HIV/AIDS. I have been having this topic around me for a long long time as every now and then I fear I have infected myself with the virus. I am living in Vietnam and guess...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Francisco,Well, our names may be similar, but they are not exactly alike. Mine is Frascino. But so many folks mistakenly say Dr. Francisco that it's easier for me to use Dr. Bob instead! Besides, I like it better. Regarding your concerns... Read more »

HIV or Immunity Deficiency?

is it possible that after starting treatment during seroconversion(before the immune system builds the antibody for HIV)and you develope Immunity Deficiency Syndrome after 3 Yrs on treatment that your immune system would never develope the HIV...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
This is not common but there are reports of people starting antiretrovirals very early during the course primary infection who then either did not develop antibodies or had those antibodies present early on wane over time. Needless to say, in this... Read more »
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HIV-Negative AIDS?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
"Idiopathic CD4+ T-lymphocytopenia, or ICL, is an immunodeficiency syndrome in which human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, cannot be detected. Because HIV is the causative agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), ICL can be referred to... Read more »

Christian Grantham of GAYBC Questions AIDS *DELETED*

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Kenya Media Joins AIDS Debate

Posted by Anonymous
Does HIV actually cause dreaded Aids disease?
January 25, 2001

By Dominic Odipo, The Standard

What causes the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids)? This may sound like a stupid question but, according to an emerging or "dissident" new school of... Read more »

Confusion & Conflict when it comes to HIV and AIDS

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
Confusion and Conflict when it comes to HIV and AIDS

In Canada, HIV was first diagnosed among gay men. Later, hemophiliacs and others with health problems were infected due to tainted blood received through blood transfusions. People infected... Read more »