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What Kind Of Cells Are Being Attacked By Hiv

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
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AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...T-8 cells (CD8+) are "suppressor" cells that end the immune response. CD8 cells can also be "killer" cells that kill cancer cells and cells infected with a virus. Researchers can tell these cells apart by specific proteins on the cell surface. A T-4 cell is a T-cell with CD4 molecules on its surface. This type of T-cell is also called "CD4 positive," or CD4. Why Are CD4 Cells Important in HIV? When HIV infects humans, the cells it...
Ask the Experts

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 Read more »

Cured or not?

Dr Bob.Although I had bad some bad experiences before, I consider myself not at risk for the time being. Due to this site, I got informed about the virus, ways of transmission and the prevention measures. Great work. Sense of humour. Sympathy. God...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Way to a CureThe simplest proposed scenario for eradicating HIV involves giving a person an experimental treatment that causes the cells that comprise the latent HIV reservoir to wake up and start producing virus (see sidebar below). Ideally,... Read more »

hiv, aids, toxoplasmosis, epilepsy

Hello dear doctor and thank you very much for your answers here!I have hiv for about 6 years now, got diagnosed in august last year.I got toxoplasmosis in february this year and having epileptical attacks time to time.At the moment I'm taking...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...on brain scan). Exercise with common sense is usually fine. No natural products have been proven effective to fight toxo or HIV. A good multivitamin with minerals is often helpful. KH Read more »

First claim of aids cure from the scientific community and qualified medical doctors! (BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT,"FUNCTIONAL CURE"

Hi Dr. Bob,While I dont have hiv nor have been at risk, I follow your posts just for your great sense of humour and expert knowledge.Anyway, the news just broke that German doctors have had a breakthrough which might be a big step in finding a CURE...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...patient to stop taking his AIDS drugs when they transfused the donor cells, because they feared the powerful drugs might undermine the cells' ability to survive in their new host. They planned to resume the drugs once HIV re-emerged in the blood.... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...immune modulator. Interleukin-2 has been approved by the FDA to treat some types of cancer, but is not approved for use in HIV disease. Based on negative results of two major international studies, research on the use of IL-2 in patients with... Read more »
University Hospital Heidelberg

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

...stopped completely. The underlying mechanism of this observation was a complete mystery up to now, however. HIV modifies the cell structure system of the host cells Viruses alter the support structures of affected cells, enabling them to... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...When women and men with the same viral loads are compared, women generally progress faster. In other words, women may develop AIDS at lower viral load levels than men with similar CD4 counts. This may be a reason for women to start treatment... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Stalking HIV Immune Dysregulation

...the T-cell recognize and respond to HIV? How many of each of these kinds of cells is present at any particular time? What does the cell do? Is it in a resting or activated state? Is it proliferating or dying? Is it functional -- can it respond to... Read more »
Connect With Others

HIV and the brain - update

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies not that brain cells simply die. Rather, they become sick and lose their ability to communicate with each other. Because the cells are still alive, there is hope that the condition could be stopped or even reversed with proper treatment.... Read more »

Intersting read?

Posted by franfrog, 5 Replies
... "Elite" HIV wife may hold secret to AIDS vaccine Reuters posted: 14 HOURS 21 MINUTES AGO comments: 72 PrintShare Text SizeAAA WASHINGTON Read more »

wbc from D.J.

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies just a snipet from Dr. Gallant one of the leading HIV Dr. in the world. Please get of my ass for I am sick of lonley old maids attacking a person personally. I donat my time here and I'm sure some appreciate some of my insites. You however,... Read more »

Good information on the board

Posted by Jackie_Blue, 2 Replies
...stage between initial infection and AIDS. It used to be called Aids Related Complex (ARC). It is now known as Symptomatic HIV Infection. I've reposted an article from that gives you the CDC breakdowns of the disease stages. It is... Read more »