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Weakened Immune System And Wbc

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The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

...in HIV-Positive People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system , HIV targets and infects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us from illnesses. These are a type of white blood cell called CD4 cells . HIV takes over CD4 cells and turns them into virus factories that produce thousands of viral copies. As the virus grows, it damages or kills CD4 cells, weakening the immune system. ...
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Exercise weakens immune system in HIVers?

Hello Doc,I've read some articles stating lifting weights weakens the immune system and only moderate exercise such as light walking is beneficial for the immune system. Is this all true?Does this now pose a problem for a hiv postive person who is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, what you read is not true. Regular exercise, including weight lifting, is actually recommended for all HIVers (and non-HIVers) for three reasons:1. It decreased stress and improves general health (including immune health).2. The exercise... Read more »

megace to gain weight

i am a healthy person weighing 80 but height 6 feet so i want to use megace to gain body weight please do tell me the way to achieve my goal
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
...glucocorticoid activity, 9 Megace is also potentially immunosuppressive. Glucocorticoids are well known to inhibit proliferation of white blood cells including T cells, and weaken the body's response to infection, as well as slowing the healing... Read more »

Dropping cd4 and increasing VL

Hello Doc and thanks for all your patience in answering all our questions;I am wondering what is happening..so far my VL has remained undetectable and my CD4 has been over 1000..however in the last 2 years i have noticed a drop in the CD4 and an...
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
Although you don't report your CD4 percent, I suspect they have not changed. I am not concerned that there is any real CD4 decline or that now a very low but detectable viral load is present. Read more »

I have PML

Robert J. Frascino, M.D.Thank you so much for your support and understanding on PML.I found out that I had HIV in June 2008. On the 2nd of January I was admitted to hospital, and after tests over a two-week period, I was diagnosed with PML. I had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...caused by the JC virus. World wide, more than 4 in 5 adults are exposed to this virus, but it only causes disease in people with weakened immune systems. Before AIDS, PML was rarely seen except in people with advanced cancer or bone marrow... Read more »
Articles
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...system, HIV targets and infects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us from illnesses. These are a type of white blood cell called CD4 cells (sometimes called T-cells). HIV takes over CD4 cells and turns them into... Read more »
Project Inform

Systemic Candidiasis

...might include the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes, liver, genital tract and joints. This form occurs most often in people with low white blood cell counts ( neutropenia ). This type of infection is also called disseminated candidiasis. Diagnosis... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...normal range they use. Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood is made up of different types of cells including red blood cells,white blood cells, and platelets. The complete blood count (CBC) is a test thatmeasures the amount of these cells in a... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...Latin and means "big eaters") protect different organs, including the intestines, lungs, liver, and brain. These two types of white blood cells are known as scavengers. They engulf (eat) foreign invaders, break them apart, and display pieces of... Read more »
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WHO guidelines/ WBC count/ OI's

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...infection. By WBC count drop, does it mean total leucocyte count or only lymphocytes count. This I am asking because manyplaces white blood cells are referred to as Total leucocytes count. TLC includes, lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes and... Read more »

WHITE BLOOD CELLS COUNT

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...if u are infected with hiv does this show up in wbc counts? and does a normal blood test ever suggest a hiv test should be taken>? Read more »

White Blood Cell Count

Posted by sunkyst, 2 Replies
...freaked out. I went to my doctor to get my blood work results and he told me that all the tests were normal except that my white blood cell count was slightly elevated. I've tested for HIV several times over the past 2 months, including having... Read more »

wbc from D.J.

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...cbc and on another that wbc is high in acute hiv whats true ?? Both. There's a big difference between saying that a white blood cell count might be high during acute HIV infection and saying that you can rule out HIV infection if it... Read more »