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What Cells Are Affected By Hiv

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The Well Project

Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

... The Basics CD4 Count and HIV CD4 Count and HIV Treatment CD4 Cell Test The Bottom Line The Basics Your immune system protects your body by fighting germs and infections.White blood cells are an important part of your immune system. HIV infects and destroys a type of white blood
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HIV attacks CD8 cells?

My Drs. can't answer this and my lengthy internet searches are fruitless. I know all about how HIV attacks CD4s, but does it also infect/hijack CD8s? Thank you!
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
...Unlikely to infect CD8 cells, unless they are dual positive CD4/CD8, of which there are a few. On the other hand, infecting CD4 cells and destroying them Read more »

Eliminating HIV reservoirs might damage cells?

Dear Dr. Wohl:Once you said in this forum that the researcher (I cant remember his name) who did the study on valproic acid is working at your university.Imagine his theory worked and he could figure something to force the virus to leave the cells...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...from replicating. These resting cells are mostly in lymph tissue. Whether there are resting cells in the brain that could be affected by valproic acid and, if so, can that in a way lead to harm, I do not know and will ask my colleague and get... Read more »

Can antibody tests detect HIV hidden in white blood cells?

I read an article in the paper the other day that said that it's been found that HIV hides in inactive white blood cells, but doesn't show up in viral load tests. Does this hidden HIV have any implications for antibody testing? In other words, could...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Thank you for your question. It has been determined that HIV can "hide" in inactive white blood cells. But happily, this does not affect HIV antibody tests. HIV antibody tests will still show positive in persons with HIV, even Read more »

declining B cells

Hi Dr,Thanks for answering my question. What do B cells do and how does a low count affect health. Is this a sign of HIV progression?Thankyou
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
...B cells are lymphocytes that make antibodies. A low count or low functional state would affect someone's health. The major immune response Read more »
Articles
University Hospital Heidelberg

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

...stopped completely. The underlying mechanism of this observation was a complete mystery up to now, however. HIV modifies the cell structure system of the host cells Viruses alter the support structures of affected cells, enabling them to... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...cells that kill cancer cells and cells infected with a virus. Researchers can tell these cells apart by specific proteins on the cell surface. A T-4 cell is a T-cell with CD4 molecules on its surface. This type of T-cell is also called "CD4... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

The Immune System

...often referred to as killer T cells (but not to be confused with natural killer cells, discussed below). These CTLs monitor the cells of the body and kill altered cells (such as virus-infected or cancerous cells) or stop them from producing HIV. ... Read more »
The Well Project

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

...Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell test (see sheet called Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests ) HIV Illness How HIV is responding... Read more »
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HIV and the brain - update

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
...is not that brain cells simply die. Rather, they become sick and lose their ability to communicate with each other. Because the cells are still alive, there is hope that the condition could be stopped or even reversed with proper treatment.... Read more »

Living with HIV and Herpes

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Hey I want to hear from anyone thats living with HIV and Herpes how they have coped with the 2 and whether there is any link to Herpes increasing the rapid progression of HIV? Read more »

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

Posted by MOCHA
...Langerhans cells from 13 human donors, may explain why. When HIV comes in contact with genital mucosa, its ultimate target -- the cells it seeks to hijack and destroy -- are immune system T-cells. But T-cells are relatively far away (in lymph... Read more »

White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...When you get a standard blood workup from the doctor and they say your white blood cell count is elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in Read more »