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What Cells Does The Hiv Virus Attack

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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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Sustiva... Johns Hopkins says it attacks our brain cells

I've been taking sustiva since 2004 and after reading the Johns Hopkins study about the killing of brain cells by the sustiva component, it is time to change. I've been spoiled by taking one pill at nite along with cauduet and tenormin and...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for bringing this important finding to our readers attention.The <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22984227" target=_new>report from the group at Johns Hopkins University</a> has recently been... Read more »

Heat resistance of HIV virus cells vs. RBCs

Has there been any research performed regarding the ability to destroy HIV cells using heat (while not impacting RBCs)? Do you think this is possible given the DNA/RNA structure of HIV virus cells versus the protein and lipid bilayer of the RBC? I...
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
I am not a protein chemist. Heat will destroy the virus, and will also destroy RBCs. I don't know what the differential temperature, if any, might be. I am not aware of any research looking at this specific question.MH... Read more »

Can HIV virus be transfered by ejaculate without sperm cells?

Dear Dr.BobMaybe strange question:Is there lower transmision risk if there are no sperm cells in ejaculat? (in case of infertility). I suppose there is free RNA ( similar as in blood plasma ).Thank you very much for you answer. ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Ejaculate contains many kinds of cells besides sperm, and yes, some of them can harbor HIV. Consequently, no, you cannot count on infertility decreasing HIV transmission risk.You are very welcome!Dr. Bob... Read more »

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 does affect CD8 function, in that CD4 cells are important in signaling CD8 cells to function... Read more »
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New HIV virus - Is this the final answer?

Posted by TwinsDad, 2 Replies
My question is:
Why we Humans do not create a new virus strain that will merge with the original HIV virus and create a different mutation that will replicate until it reaches several mutations that are not bad for our organism or changes the... Read more »

The virus is ripping through me

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My skin is burning through out my hole body. The virus really attacks when you go to sleep. I recieved oral sex from a women and i am convinced that i have been infected. I ordered a home test kit for me to get tested. I went to the emergency room... Read more »