What Type Of Cells Does Hiv Infect

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White Blood Cells during primary HIV infection

I am confused about this whole white blood cell thing. There are doctors who believe that during acute retroviral syndrome/primary HIV infections that white blood cell and lymphs are low, and others say that they would be high, which is true??
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...I don't believe there is enough published to say definitively what happens to white cells during the acute retroviral syndroma/primary HIV infection. In general, in viral infections, the white blood cell count typically Read more »

how many cell-fee HIV need to infect a vagina

Dear MarkIf HIV is transmitted from man to woman, is it true that only a few cell-free particles... Read more »

Did you mean HIV+?

Dear Dr. Holodniy,In your response to "What does CD4% mean" you write that "CD4% is the percentage... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

B Cells May Help Maintain HIV Infection

...When they examined these cells for the presence of HIV, they found significant levels of the virus attached to the surface of the cells. The scientists then used test-tube experiments to show the virus could infect T cells under laboratory... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gene Therapy That Prolongs CD4+ T Cell Survival In HIV-Infected Individuals

...genetic material within the infected cell from the nucleus to the cytoplasm, a critical step in viral replication. Into half the cells from each patient, the researchers inserted an altered rev gene that produces a defective protein, Rev M10,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Anti-Convulsant Might Help Eliminate Dormant HIV-Infected Cells, Study Says; Scientists Say Finding Could Lead to HIV Cure

...acid, when used in combination with highly active antiretroviral treatment, has shown promise in reducing the number of dormant cells infected with HIV, a finding that one day could lead to a cure for HIV/AIDS, according to preliminary research... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

New Findings Explain T-Cell Loss in HIV Infection

...For a number of years, many scientists have believed that HIV depletes its primary target, CD4+ T cells, by blocking new T-cell production. Two independent studies now challenge that point of view, showing that HIV does not block Read more »