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What Part Of The Immune System Is Attacked By AIDS

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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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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...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Sam,Thank you for your very kind comments. They are warmly appreciated. I'm sorry to hear about your sister's recent diagnosis.Regarding over-the-counter drugs or foodstuffs to keep the CD4 count high, unfortunately there are none.... Read more »

HIV and no immune system

Hi Dr.,I recently tested negative for HIV but am wondering about the accuracy of the blood test. I had my spleen removed in 1998 and have no immune system. Will HIV antibodies show up in my blood work or is there another test I should have?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Having "no spleen" and "no immune system" are two completely different things! True, the spleen is indeed part of the body's very complex "immune system," but certainly not all of it. Even with your spleen... Read more »

immune system

Hi Doctor Young1. In one of the questions you have answered that HIV makes some permanent damage to the immune system (though it is not life threatening). Can you please tell us what is that damage? What are we vulnerable to because of those damage...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question. Sorry to hear that your doctor does not have the time to answer your questions fully. I would press him or her to provide you with your answers-- this is the best way to make sure that you have access to informed decision... Read more »

HIV develops escape mutations to evade immune system

Hi Dr. Bob I just want to know your thoughts about this recent discovery. And also as a result of this discovery does that mean that HIV can possibly stay dormant (would Antibody test be unreliable diagnostic procedure? Here is the full article:...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The article you reference is a short review that discusses the genetics of HIV evolution. We have known for some time that HIV mutates (changes) fairly rapidly. That's how it manages to become resistant to so many of the antiretroviral... Read more »
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AIDS-Like Disease Sweeping Asia, Parts Of U.S.

Posted by My3Cents, 1 Reply
"An AIDS-like disease which attacks the immune system has swept Asia and parts of the U.S. in a bizarre pattern, bewildering doctors and researchers.

The disease, which doesnt appear to be contagious, doesnt spread through a virus, unlike AIDS."

http:... Read more »

Immune System Booster

Posted by kinzie1, 2 Replies
Hi,

I do not have hiv or aids but a good friend of mine passed away a few years ago from it. I

live in Arizona. I was wondering if anybody has heard about mangosteen juice a new

product that is doing amazing things as an Immune System Booster. I also... Read more »

Weak immune system vs time to produce antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello everyone
I believe I have been infected with Hiv. I havnt been tested yet but I have many of the symptoms associated with ARS
The source of my possible infection had a confirmed std but tested negative for Hiv at 3-4 months. Is it possible that... Read more »

immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i have heard that if you test say 8 yrs after an exposure and ur neg the hiv test would not pick up the infection bcause your body has been infected to long that you stop producing antibodies is this true and also wooould swollen nodes not show up... Read more »