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What Is The Host Cell For Hiv

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Damages the Immune System

Introduction The basic structure of HIV is similar to that of other viruses (Figure 1 ). HIV has a core of genetic material surrounded by a protective sheath, called a capsid . The genetic material in the core is RNA (ribonucleic acid), which contains the information that the virus needs in order to replicate (make more copies of itself) and perform other functions. You can think of RNA as the set of rules the virus follows in order to...
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hiv outside the host

Dr. Bob,We have all read that hiv does not survive well outside the body, but what exactly happens to it when it leaves the host? Does the cell wall collapse, or do the glycoproteins get degraded, or does the capsid "burst", or etc..?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,HIV is an extremely tiny piece of genetic material that gets integrated into the genetic material of host cells (CD4 cells, for example). HIV does not survive without viable host cells. Hence, when HIV and/or HIV-infected cells are outside of the... Read more »

Host Defense

A product called Host Defense by New Chapter claims to increase the NK cells by 300%. Will this help me fight my HIV or is it a waste of my time? Also what difference do you see in using the liquid as opposed to the pill form?What value do you see...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
I will not believe anyone who makes claims without data from a respected source. Too many people are making claims for the sake of money. Ask them to show you HIV specific data from a recognized medical school or research institute. If they do not... Read more »

Lifespan of HIV without a host

How long can the virus that causes HIV infection live outside of a carrier/host?...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
HIV does not survive well in an open environment. No one has been identified with HIV due to contact with an environmental surface. One exception to this is in drug injection syringes, since these are airtight and often contain blood from the... Read more »

Exactly how long does HIV survive outside its host?

Hello. In several of yuor answers to the question on how long can HIV live outside the human body, it was stated ranging from few to several minutes. By how much is this 'few to several minutes'?How much constitutes few or several minutes?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Unfortunately, there is no exact answer to your question. There are many different variables that will determine how long HIV infected fluid will remain infectious in the environment. The type of fluid, the quantity of fluid, the amount of virus... Read more »
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HIV leave host in very short time

Posted by tobeabetterman, 2 Replies
Hi experts , I post this one because I read something from another famous forum and find many people confused on it ( including me , once have a same anxiety ).
That's also for many of my friends known form internet , and they all confused about... Read more »

See,I told you HIV replicates a cell's DNA TO RNA

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The below is plagerized from Gallant ( the guru!)
I know that the present antiretroviral medications do not actually kill the virus.
However, if the medications inhibit the virus from reproducing, doesn't the virus die
by... Read more »

T Cells

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have consistantly tested negative on several tests over the past two years. However, I keep getting symptoms of hiv and my t cells are lurking around the 400 range. I have more test results comminmg back on feb 4th.

Is there anyone else out there... Read more »