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The Effect Of Hiv On The Immune System

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Examine HIV's Effect on Immune System

A study by researchers from Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and published in PLoS Medicine has found that upon infection "three lines of attack by the immune system are quickly neutralized by HIV," findings they... Read more »
Project Inform

Strategies for Improving Your Immune Health: The Different Approaches to Improving Your Immune System

Introduction What Strategies Are Available Today? Are Immune Therapies Available? What About Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAMs)? Final Thoughts on Strategies for Improving Your Immune System Introduction AIDS is a disease... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Immune System Protein Makes HIV More Infectious in Humans, Study Says

Cyclophilin A Renders Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Sensitive to Old World Monkey but Not Human TRIM5 Antiviral Activity ," Journal of Virology : Greg Towers of University College London and colleagues find that a human immune system... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Stress and its effects on the immune system

Does the amount of stress in ones life effect the efficiency of a person's immune system who has AIDS or HIV?...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
There is an entire relatively new field in psychology and psychiatry called "Psychoneuroimmunology" which is currently researching the connections between stress, anxiety, depression and how these impact upon a person's health and... Read more »

antidepressants: effect on immune system and possible cause of false negative ELISA?

I read an article suggesting that antidepressants and corticosteroids are immunosuppressive - may therefore prevent or slow down the production of HIV antibodies and result in a false negative ELISA test. This would especially be the case for people...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
I don't know of any evidence that antidepressants have a significant effect on the immune response involved in the ELISA test. In fact, there is growing evidence that depression has deleterious effects on the immune system. This suggests that... Read more »

Confued about HIV+ and HIV- immune systems

Hi,My understanding is that there is a typically a 50-75 CD4 count decline per year in a HIV+ positive person's immune system and a 3% (?) fall. I also understand that the CD4/CD8 ratio will invest. My questions are what is a typical immune...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
This particular forum is exclusively for the discussion of the side effects of HIV therapy for use by patients and their health care providers.... Read more »

HIV = holes in your immune system?

I've been HIV+ for over 24 years. A long time ago, my doc told me that upon initial infection with HIV, it pokes "holes" in your immune system that are permanent (presumably). He used an analogy like: if you remove the letter Z...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Immunizations are generally effective and recommended for HIV+ patients with good CD4 counts (>> 200-350). The long term outcome in HIV + patients on treatment with a good CD4 count (ie > 500) is generally excellent so the extent of and... Read more »
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Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Do these things make you more suseptible to colds, flu, etc?

I haven't slept for a while now, (weeks) haven't eaten all that great, and Im usually so anxious/nervous/worried that I can't concentrate and have a 24 hr. a day 7 days a week headache....

D... Read more »

Immune System Booster

Posted by kinzie1, 4 Replies

I do not have aids but a good friend of mine passed away a few years ago from it. I

live in Arizona. I was wondering if anybody has heard about mangosteen juice a new

product that is doing amazing things as an Immune System Booster. I also... 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 »

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 »