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What Does The Aids Virus Attack

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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 does affect CD8 function, in that CD4 cells are important in signaling CD8 cells to function... Read more »

HIV attacks CD8? CD3?

Does HIV infect cd8 or cd3 white blood cells, or affect them? I know all about HIV on cd4, but... Read more »

HIV- ARS since SHINGLES attack 4 years ago

Could you please tell me what the definition of AIDS is?I have had ARS since my SHINGLES attack 4... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Scientists Discover a Key to How AIDS Virus Attacks the Body

...HIV's membrane, before it metamorphoses itself and attaches to a cell's CD4 receptors. After gp120 attaches to the receptors, HIV is able to penetrate the cell's interior and reproduce. "Knowing how gp120 changes shape is a new route to... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Syphilis Can Attack the Liver in HIV-Positive Men

...medications (as evaluated by the researchers). The average profile of the 12 men was as follows: age -- 37 years length of HIV infection -- 10 years CD4+ count -- 340 cells 75% of the men were taking HAART 42% had a viral load... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Treatment Interruption Uncovers HIV's Attack on the Kidneys

...problems were linked to excessive inflammation. The SMART data set is still being analysed. But what has become clear is that HIV infection transforms the immune system, causing prolonged and high levels of inflammation deep within the body. This... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Religious Leaders Back Ndungane Attack on South Africa over HIV/AIDS Drug

...Religious leaders have backed the archbishop of Cape Town's attack on the government for not providing antiretroviral drugs to pregnant women and rape victims. Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Read more »
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HIV side effects? (heart attacks & seizures)

Posted by Carrie, 1 Reply
...are neg. We've been talking about having a baby (in another post) but another issue has come up. A month ago he had a heart attack and has been dealing with continuous chest pains. Well tonight he had a seizure while at a friends house. They... Read more »

Anxiety (attack)

Posted by worriedsick, 3 Replies
...unsure of my status but the anxiety is killing me--to top it off i am taking the LSAT in two weeks--and the possibility of having HIV is destroying my studying. As i really dont know if I am HIV positive right now and have no one to discuss this... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

Key facts about HIV/AIDS - Note Last Item

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...loss, persistent cough, severe recurrent skin rashes and swelling of the lymph nodes. HOW DOES AIDS KILL? * As the virus attacks the immune system, people become less able to fight illnesses. * Unless treated, AIDS-related opportunistic... Read more »