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The Effects Of Hiv On Immune System

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...important immune cells don't know which invaders need to be removed from the body. When this coordination breaks down, people are at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs) and cancers that usually do not harm people with healthy immune systems. HIV can also infect macrophages and other immune cells. Your immune system recognizes and produces antibodies to HIV, but antibodies alone are not enough to eliminate the virus. This is partly...
Ask the Experts

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
...and eventually destroys them. However, there are many other components of the body's immune response that seem not to function effectively against HIV. The research you reference helps us understand this phenomenon a bit better. HIV is evolving... 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 system...
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 »

Immune restoration

I would like to know more about immune system restoration. After 25 years of loosing the numbers battle, Issentriss is the first med to ever work for me.With my increasing T-cells and nearly undetectable VL now for 2 months, what can I expect in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...25 years of being poz cannot be quickly or completely reversed. However, some of the deleterious effects HIV has had on your immune system and general health can slowly be improved. The key to immune restoration is decreasing HIV replication,... Read more »

Does masturbation adversely affect immune system?

I have just been diganosed hiv+, and while I wait for the results of my complete bloodwork to see where I am, I was wondering if masturbating occasionally has any detrimental effect on the progression of the hiv. Does it do anything to my immune...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...The good news is that years of scientific research has failed to find any adverse effects of masturbation. So, your mom was wrong. There are therapeutic vaccines being studied. They aim to augment HIV therapy and Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Examine HIV's Effect on Immune System

...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 hope "will provide a better understanding of how to... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Identify Genes That Enable Some Immune Systems to Halt HIV; Finding Could Spur Drug, Vaccine Development

...could help to create drugs or a vaccine against HIV" (Seppa, 11/4). In search of the genetic differences that enable some immune systems to suppress the HIV virus, an international consortium of researchers "searched the genetic makeup of... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Treatment with IL-2 Plus HAART Markedly Reduces HIV in Immune System "Hiding Places"

...inhibitor) and 14 receiving HAART plus IL-2, administered either intravenously or subcutaneously. IL-2 is a regulatory protein of the immune system produced in the body by T cells. IL-2 has potent effects on the proliferation, differentiation and... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

HIV and Your Immune System

...Learn About HIV and the Immune System? Permitting us to survive and thrive in a sea of potentially infectious microbes, our immune systems are always at work. Laboring, for the most part, in relative silence and obscurity, these systems of... Read more »
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Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...anxious/nervous/worried that I can't concentrate and have a 24 hr. a day 7 days a week headache.... Do things like that impair your immune system just enough that it makes it easier to get sick?? I know a lot of people on here think they have... 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 Read more »

PRESENCE OF ANTIBODIES MEANS IMMUNITY

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...PRESENCE OF ANTIBODIES MEANS IMMUNITY Usually, if you test positive for antibodies that means that your immune system has effectively fought off a pathogen and you now have immunity. But with the HIV test, the logic is reversed. Instead of... Read more »

Immune System Booster

Posted by kinzie1, 4 Replies
...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 believe that this product can help many many people. This is what has been written by... Read more »