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What Cells Are Affected Directly By Hiv

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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 cell called aCD4 cell (sometimes called a T-cell). As the immune system loses CD4 cells, it becomes weaker and is less able tofight off germs. When it...
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Blood for T cell test taken during glucose tolerance test: could it affect the results of the T cell test?

Dr.Moyle,During a glucose tolerance test (I was actually having it done per your recommendation), they drew blood for a T cell subset. I was to have had a T cell subset done late next week, but I thought that, since they had the needle in my vein...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
it should make no difference. There are many things reported to modestly influence CD4 and VL tests but fed and fasted states are not one that is considered important. Vigourous excercise, smoking, infections and vaccinations are the most well known... Read more »

Does frequent masturbations affect CD 4 cells count in a person ?

Hi Dr. Holodiny,I would like to know that being HIV positive does not mean that a person will not have to urge to either have sex or maturbate himself or herself to ease individual satisfaction. Now, with constant masturbation, will the HIV...
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
Interesting question. Unfortunately, I don't have answer. It would be a great study to do though, in more ways than one.... Read more »

Finally moving in a direction, but still worried about HIV.

Dr. Bob,I've wrote to you before, had a possible exposure in 2003 and since then I had 11 negative HIV tests out to December of 2009. All sorts of tests, antibody and DNA.Just got a call from an immunologist I saw on Monday in Pittsburgh and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello M,You finally see a competent physician (hurrah for my fellow clinical immunologists!) who is appropriately evaluating your problem and yet you choose to doubt him and continue to fixate on a disease you could not possibly have???? What's... Read more »

how do depleted numbers of CD4 cells affect antibody production

and cell mediated immunity?what affect do antibodies have on the numbers of HIV particles?thanks...
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
CD4 cells make lots of chemicals and hormones that are required for normal function of b cells and cytotoxic t cells (CD8 cells). Thus, if their number is decreased significantly, these other cells are not signalled appropriately to perform their... Read more »
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looking for direction?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
i'd like direction on if there is a mental health forum like this. i tested negative at 80 some days which is nearly 3 months ago...basically i'm 6 months post exposure. cheated on my wife, forgiven and so on. but i can't shake the guilt or just... Read more »

Do anybody know about CD4 cells count?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi guys,

I have a question about my tests - in fear of HIV infection because of a bad incident and symptoms not long after, I went to have my blood tested for HIV as well as other infections - the PCR and antibody test both turned out Negative, but... Read more »

Anyone went directly to aids defining symptoms?

Posted by Brickwall, 2 Replies
Is there anyone that went directly from infection to aids defining symptoms?

I had a severe primary infection 3 weeks after risk, then it has stayed/got worse now 20 weeks..

Please help! Read more »

please be direct

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
K guys, its the guy from the "question" question about the bruises. i got 4 replies, but NO ONE answered my questions. i know my risk is really low, but still, please ANSWER my question. im getting bruises all over my body(my mom just found one more... Read more »