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Nervous System Problems and Dementia

What Are Nervous System Problems? The nervous system has two parts. The brain and spinal cord are the central nervous system (CNS). The nerves and muscles are the peripheral (around the outside) nervous system. People with HIV disease can have several problems with the nervous system. A common problem is peripheral neuropathy. This can cause damage to nerves controlling sensation. Symptoms may include altered sensation, numbness, tingling,...
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Affecting central nervous system (CNS)

How does the HIV affects the CNS? which are the symptoms? thanks Theo...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
HIV can affect the central nervous system (CNS) in many ways, both directly and by causing poor immune function which allows other pathogens or diseases to do damage. This can lead to many, many symptoms and problems including dementia, meningitis,... Read more »

HIV life cycle, and how HIV affects the immune system

Hi Rick, When Hiv attaches itself to a lymphocyte, is the lymphocyte actually a gland as in the neck or armpit, and does this then become a reproduction factory for HIV with an abundance of T-cells coming from the gland? Thank you for your...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. HIV infects cells of the immune system called CD4 cells. There are many CD4 cells inside the lymph nodes. These cells can also be found all throughout the body.When HIV enters a CD4 cell, the cell itself becomes a... Read more »

The body and body system effects of Hepatitus B

I have been assigned a project about Hepatitus B for my Biology course. I cannot figure out the detailed disease's effects on the body and/or body systems. Do you know what they are?...
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego
Hepatitis B is a viral disease that affects primarily the liver.There are multiple extrahepatic manifestations that are mediated by the immune system.Go to liver disease in the web to get all the details.It is preventable by a vaccine.... 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 produce immune response to HIV... Read more »