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is hiv an autoimmune disease

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: This is a viral infection which destroys T4 lymphocytes and by doing so destroys the body's immunity. It is not an autoimmune disease, but rather an ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenthal
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Clarify?: If you are asking "does HIV cure autoimmune disease" then the answer is no. Getting HIV does not make your autoimmune disease go away. If you are ask ... Read More
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: There is a strange phenomena where CD4 counts are low the autoimmune disease can get better, but the HIV gets worse. When the HIV is better with highe ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Atul Singh
27 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
HIVAN: HIV and renal disease is a large group. There is HIVAN which squally happens in certain race and patients have low CD4 count and high viral load. Most ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
You mean to test HIV: Nucleic acid test for HIV is reliable and accurate, but even this test has a window period. If the test is negative at about three months after exposu ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: Yes, this is worth further investigation. A common cause for biologically false test results may be autoimmune diseases, syphilis, and other illnesses ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
That's just not true: We have at least one person here with a false-positive elisa who's obsessed with finding the reasons. Whether or not this is you, you need to stop bel ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No answer: False positive can be from many reasons including mistaken labeling. If it was a false-positive, there is nothing for you to worry about. It is the f ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: There are numerous reasons for "false +" testing. Without a good deal of more info it is difficult to advise you, including why you were being HIV te ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
Means nothing: A false positive test for HIV does not indicate another specific disease. There may be a specific cause or no reason.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
False (+) = error: Nothing can/should be interpreted from a false positive test, once verified as truly negative. There are a few specific exceptions to this, but in gen ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
No: They would have to do an HIV antibody or viral load test to diagnose HIV infection which is an infectious not autoimmune disease.

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