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What Part Of The Immune System Does Hiv Attack

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The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...important immune cells don't know which invaders need to be removed from the body. When this coordination breaks down, people are at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs) and cancers that usually do not harm people with healthy immune systems. HIV can also infect macrophages and other immune cells. Your immune system recognizes and produces antibodies to HIV, but antibodies alone are not enough to eliminate the virus. This is partly...
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HIV to AIDS immune system

Hello Dr. McGovern, can you tell me what changes occur in the immune system when an HIV patient becomes an AIDS patient?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...This is usually marked by a CD4 count less than 200 cells or the onset of a particular type of illness that suggests a weakened immune system. Please refer your HIV questions to the HIV forum. Read more »

Hiv infection.

Do people eventually die from having Hiv or does it have to turn into aids. Also if some keeps switching meds does that increase your chances of death.
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...increase. This is in large part due to the availability of HIV medications to suppress viral replication which in turn restores the immune system. HIV associated morbidity and mortality has decreased as the use of anti-HIV medications has... Read more »

Immune System Enhancement

Hello Bob, I'd like to start by appreciating the immense hope you're rendering to all HIV+ patients and their close ones. My younger sister has been diagnosed HIV+ earlier this month and she has a current CD4 count of 665. Here in Cameroon, the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...nutrient depletion may also begin to occur earlier in the course of HIV disease, even among individuals with relatively intact immune systems. Several factors can contribute to nutritional problems in people with HIV/AIDS. Malabsorption: HIV or... Read more »

Why antibodies must be produced in 6 months

Sir, I've noticed that there seems to be a lot of "worried-well" postingsregarding anitbody detection after 6 months. Maybe I'm wrong but, "If noantibodies are produced by the body in a reasonable amount of time, (6 months or less after possible...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...system, their bodies may take longer to respond thanthe rest of the population. In persons who have KNOWN problems with theirimmune systems, doing non-antibody tests like p-24 antigen tests, and PCRtests (which look for the genetic material of... Read more »
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Test Positive Aware Network

HIV and Your Immune System

...Learn About HIV and the Immune System? Permitting us to survive and thrive in a sea of potentially infectious microbes, our immune systems are always at work. Laboring, for the most part, in relative silence and obscurity, these systems of... Read more »
The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...IRIS occurs in 15%-25% of people who are starting therapy for HIV for thefirst time. IRIS can occur when people with very weak immune systems (e. g.people who have low CD4 cell counts, high CD8 cell counts, or anemia) start HIVtreatment or in... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

The Immune System

... The immune system is the body's defense against disease. It defends the body from attack by foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Amino Acid Mutations in Protein Might Make HIV Vulnerable to Immune System Attack, Study Finds

... Mutations found in four amino acids in the protein that surrounds HIV might make the virus vulnerable to the immune system, according to a study published in the January issue of PLoS Medicine , ANI/ Thailand News reports. For the study,... Read more »
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Common Cold?

Posted by Anonym, 2 Replies
...close or even at at the point of full blown aids or a substantial decrease in your t-cell count. Are constant cold typcial in HIV pos individuals? Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
...What is compromised/ supressed immune system. Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection. Would a Person having as low Cd Read more »

Maybe it is not HIV

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 3 Replies
...LIVES. WE HAVE SYMPTOMS AND NO ANSWERS we do go online and try to find answers to our symptoms , and often they are related to immune system problems or fit the HIV symptoms to a T (It probably does not help that HIV can cause every symptom in... Read more »

question on autoimmune

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...was told by 3 people whom I consider experts in the field that neither would effect the test. Antibodies are what trigger the immune system to react, they are not the immune system itself. Immunosuppressant drugs work on the immune system... Read more »