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Why Does Hiv Attack Helper T-cells

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How the Immune System Fights Disease

...hundreds of different chemicals, must be coordinated for the immune system to function smoothly. The immune system can mount a variety of responses to attack specific invader organisms. One of these responses is coordinated by T-helper cells (also known as T cells, T4 cells, or CD4 cells), which act as a kind of orchestra conductor. The T-helper cells tell other cells what to do when this response is triggered. We are interested in this...
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curious (SEXUAL TRANSMISSION OF HEPATITIS C)(HEPATITIS C AND DELAYED HIV SEROCONVERSION)(CURE FOR HIV)

Hey Dr. Frascino,First off, thanks for everything you do. Your hard work and dedication to all of us who need answers doesnt go unnoticed. You are a great person.I have a couple of questions.What is your oppinion on hepatitis c as an STD. Ive heard...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...happened? Well, for many years scientists have understood that after HIV gets into someone's body, it starts infecting lots of T helper cells. These cells are also sometimes called CD4+ T cells. T helper cells are the cells that recognize that... Read more »

Cure for HIV and Aids (CURE)

Hi Dr Bob,I bet that you are an angel sent from heaven to help people answer questions concerning this plague.I am negative myself (I think, but all my "acts" were protected, so I hope i am safe)Anywasy, I like to hear your opinion towards the cure...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...what happened?For many years scientists have understood that after HIV gets into someone's body, it starts infecting lots of T-helper cells. They are sometimes called CD4+ T cells. T-helper cells are the cells that recognize that the body has... Read more »

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what does hiv do to the immune system
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...check the library or other internet sources that have that kind of didactic material. In brief, it damages the immune system by attacking a key cell in the immune response called a CD4 (or T4, or T helper) cell. This damage eventually makes... Read more »

you inspire me a lot 2.... (CURE)

thanks for your answer, as i told you before you inspire me a lot and make me fight for what i might still want in life, i just have another question, i know that you probably hear this every day but i really would like to have a point of view from...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...what happened? For many years scientists have understood that after HIV gets into someone's body, it starts infecting lots of T-helper cells. They are sometimes called CD4+ T cells. T-helper cells are the cells that recognize that the body has... Read more »
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Fixing the Body: An Immune-Based Approach to HIV

...if so to destroy them. This, in most cases, eventually can cure us of an illness or at least hold it in check. 4. How Do Helper T Cells Learn a Virus Is an Enemy? It turns out that all living things are made up of chemicals that we understand... Read more »
University Hospital Heidelberg

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

...affected immune cells can no longer fulfill their function. "We speculate that the negative effect of Nef on the mobility of T-helper cells has far reaching consequences for the efficient formation of antibodies by B-lymphocytes in the patient.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV's Success Might Lie in Its Mutations

...infection. Now we need to know why." When a person is first infected with HIV, the immune system produces CD8-T killer and CD4-T helper cells. The system remembers the type of molecules on the surface of the attacking virus, so the next time the... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Women, Cocaine and HIV

...water. The mice injected with cocaine increased their viral load about 200 times, even though they had a smaller number of T-helper cells than the other mice. This meant that the few T-helper cells the cocaine mice had left were churning out... Read more »
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HIV side effects? (heart attacks & seizures)

Posted by Carrie, 1 Reply
...(he's not exactally sure). We are both aware that his previous using caused damage, but I'm really getting concerned that his HIV status is kind of in like a faster process. He was diagnosed this past summer and his numbers are undetectable (from... Read more »

Unusual case. Ongoing Low CD4 - HIV possible?

Posted by Tryin2BRational, 4 Replies
...exposure in March 2006(unprotected vaginal sex) with a female of unknown status. I contacted her and she told me she did not have HIV, but I doubted her veracity (I had two consectutive rounds of exudative tonsillitis and fever starting about... Read more »

PANICK ATTACKS

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...DOES HIV CAUSE PANIC ATTACKS ? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYONE ON T.V EXPLAINING PANICK ATTACKS ? WAS SHE A RED HEAD IF SO ? Read more »

Panic Attacks

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...It would seem that the fear of HIV could be considered a major life stress and thus be a trigger for panic disorders. Amazing how similar so many symptoms are Read more »