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What Kind Of Cells Are Being Attacked By Hiv

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How the Immune System Fights Disease

Introduction Normal T Cell Response to Infection HIV Interferes With Normal Immune Response Introduction The immune system is a complex network of cells and chemicals. Its mission is to protect us against foreign organisms and substances. The cells in the immune system have the ability to recognize something as either "self" or "invader," and they try to get rid of anything that is an invader. Many different kinds of cells, and hundreds...
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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 »

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 »

T cell

how many types T cells are in our body? what are their function? How are they different from each other? Does HIV attack all types of t cell?Thank you for your service....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.There are several different types of T (or Thymus-derived) cells. Most T cells are either CD4 or CD8's-- otherwise known as T-helper and T-suppressor cells. HIV infects cells that express the CD4 cell surface... Read more »

HIV attacking central nervous system

i was diagnosed with encypholitis back in october at which time i was removed from all meds. I had bloodwork done and my t cells dropped from 910 to 527 in late December also viral from undetectable to 1600. New bloodwork done in middle of January...
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
Not exactly sure what she might be speaking of. However, HIV exists in all tissues including the brain and spinal fluid. HIV drugs penetrate into the brain at different levels. In general when we see viral loads go down in the blood, the same... Read more »
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A Plea - Kind of preachy, sorry..

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
This is a plea in response to several different posts I have seen on this board and is in no way meant as an attack on anyone individual. If you are single, than your sexual, mental, spiritual and internal health is soley your responsibility. When... Read more »

HIV side effects? (heart attacks & seizures)

Posted by Carrie, 1 Reply
I'm starting to post more here, and hope I'm not bothering anyone by it. I'm just looking to get further educated.

Anyways, my 33 year old boyfriend is pos and I who am 27 are neg. We've been talking about having a baby (in another post) but another... 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 »

PLEASE HELP ME KIND PEOPLE

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies

hi,everyone,i went to the doctors today and my cd4 count is still falling.example oct 01 cd4 820,
march02 cd4 700,
june 02 cd4 560,
for the last test in june,i used a different lab,
could that make such a difference?.
my exposure was in june/july01.
ive... Read more »