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Which Enzyme Enables The Aids Virus To Replicate Within A Host Cell

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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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Virus Replication Capacity

I was diagnosed HIV+ in 2/2005 and had three labs since.My CD4 are always around 300's, 23% and VL stays around 10,000. I just had my resistance test coming back and they also messured the Virus Replication Capacity (RC)> THe RC came back...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Replication capacity is a newer technology from the folks at Virologic. The measure is way of attempting to assess how fit a patient's HIV is and how likely it is to cause pathology. A growing body of evidence suggests... Read more »

Replication mechanism of HIV

Dear Doctor Holodniy,I'll like to ask what is the mechanism of HIV's replication like? Specifically, for the HIV reverse transcriptase, does it convert single strand RNA template to a single strand DNA? If so, how does this single strand...
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
The HIV reverse transcriptase enzyme has reverse transcriptase activity that converts the viral HIV RNA to a single strand copy of HIV DNA as well as having DNA-dependent DNA polymerase activity that copies the single DNA strand into another DNA... Read more »

lymphocytes and viral replication

1)In the context of HIV/HepC co-infection, can T cells be lost without the HIV virus replicating? Or is it the replication itself that depletes the T cells?2)If the HIV virus is replicating, is there always a detectable viral burden in serum, or a...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Most, but not all, T cell destruction is by HIV itself. In HIV/HCV patients some studies suggest that T cell responses to HIV medicines are not as good as in HIV patients without Hepatitis C. Some have wondered whether chronic hepatitis C may be a... Read more »

Non CD4 replication

HIV uses CD4 cells to replicate and is blocked by HAART from doing this explaining a VL UD when it's successful. But, is there any replication going on in the non CD4 cells that sequester HIV? like lymphnodes, and other tissues? and if so are...
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
Great question. First, there are CD4+ t cells and monocytes and other cells with CD4 receptors that exist in lymph nodes and other organs, and are not just circulating in the blood. HIV can infect some of these other types of cells and replicate at... Read more »
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New HIV virus - Is this the final answer?

Posted by TwinsDad, 2 Replies
My question is:
Why we Humans do not create a new virus strain that will merge with the original HIV virus and create a different mutation that will replicate until it reaches several mutations that are not bad for our organism or changes the... Read more »

Botanical Treatments For HIV, AIDS, and STDs

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You can download the free eBook "Treating Herpes Naturally" through Larrea Tridentata by Dennis W. Clark, Ph.D. at this website;

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children with AIDS..

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Are children with AIDS going to public schools?

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HIV mutation lights way to a cure for AIDS

Posted by ashler1977, 2 Replies
Excellent news!

SYDNEY (January 16, 2013) An Australian scientist said Wednesday he had discovered a way to turn the HIV virus against itself in human cells in the laboratory, in an important advance in the quest for an AIDS cure.

David Harrich from... Read more »