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how does hiv destroy the immune system

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Hits white bld cells: The HIV virus (leading to aids) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "cd4+ t-helper" cell. With these cells knoc ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Hiding inside cells: The HIV is able to avoid the immune system because of its ability to hide inside the cells. The antibodies your body makes to prevent future infection ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Powlin Manuel
50 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Immune system attack: Good evening, it is an insightful question! HIV agent attacks the immune cells themselves while most other infectious agents are attacked by cells ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Henry Selke
15 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV window period : Most people develop HIV antibodies within 2-8 weeks of their infection. The average is 25 days. 97% of people will develop detectable antibodies in th ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rishi Kumar
7 years experience Anesthesiology
Hits white bld cells: The HIV virus (leading to aids) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "cd4+ t-helper" cell. With these cells knoc ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Complicated: Natural killer cells can recognize tumor cells and virally infected cells and destroy those. T-cells and antibodies to markers on tumor cells may als ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Two stages: Natural Killer cells are the first immune step that seeks out the malaria to mark it for the body to "kill" it. A second step is the T cell that also ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience Internal Medicine
Heard to simplify.: Like a complicated orchestra plays a difficult score. Different germs produce different responses. There are is nonspecific and specific immune respon ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Complicated: By fighting tumor causing viruses, e.G, ebv, hpv, good immune response may prevent the development of tumors. There is a general hypothesis that tumo ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Immunity: It protects us and can also be a major player in the inflammatory pathway or autoimmune disease.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
HEPATITIS B: Liver injury is determined by patient's immune response to infection. Hepatocellular damage is indicated by the presence of serologic immune markers, ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience Travel Medicine
Intriguing: We don't know how or why infection with nematodes minimizes the chance of developing autoimune diseases such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Prelimi ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Berger
40 years experience Dermatology
No: A weakened immune system may increase the liklihood for staph infection, not the other way around.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes, yes, yes.: Trust me, yes. Now you're getting into a lot of the biology and science of the human body, detailed analysis of immunity and the immune system, the ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Infections good/bad: Can be good or bad. Germs (viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc) stimulate one or more response(s) by immune system to isolate and destroy the "attacker" ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Immune system: It is a multi-pronged attack too big to describe here.....So follow this link. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/immunesystem/pages/default.aspx.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Yes the immune system fights all infections.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ebola Virus: A person with Ebola infection may develop cough, chest pain, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), respiratory distress as well as Interstitial pneumonia a ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Complicated: Antibodies basically surround infectious organisms (usually bacteria) and help either neutralize them or lead to their destruction.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Immune system: The immune system is composed of many interdependent cell types that collectively protect the body from bacterial, parasitic, fungal, viral infections ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Old age not golden : Advanced age seems at least in some people to lessen or blunt both immune recognition and the intensity of the humeral and cellular response. Addition ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
8 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Lowers immunity : Kidney diseases usually lowers someone's immunity as evidenced by the high risk of these patients to develop infections ( pneumonia, urine infection e ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Influenza: "immune system" comprises many components, including the skin and mucous membranes and their associated cells. Influenza may paralyze the pulmonary a ... Read More
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