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Besides HIV what leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Besides HIV what leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Synonymous: Aids is caused by HIV infection. You can become immuno-suppressed by other conditions and illnesses, but the term is generally used to mean the result of HIV infection, although not everybody with HIV infection will have aids, . ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Is there anything besides HIV that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Is there anything besides HIV that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

No : For all practical purposes the answer is no, but there are other means of depleting the cd4 count, some of which are of unknown source. They can produce a similar result as hiv, and we can do this as well with some of the drugs used to treat a variety of illnesses in medical practice. But when we talk about immunodeficiency syndrome we are almost always talking about HIV disease. ...Read more

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Besides HIV what can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Besides HIV what can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Secondary immunodef: As dr. Gallant explains, only hiv-1 and hiv-2 cause aids. If you are asking what other causes are there for other aquired immune deficiencies besides hiv/aids, then there are several. A new one was just reported this week from an nih team. Sometimes these are called "other secondary immunodeficiency" rather than "other acquired immunodeficiency syndromes (aids)". See an immunologist. ...Read more

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Which immune cells are most often attacked in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

Which immune cells are most often attacked in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome?

CD4 T helper cells: The cd4 t helper cells are reduced by HIV infection. The virus that causes aids also infects macrophage cells but the reduction in t helper cells is the most important indicator of HIV disease progression towards aids. ...Read more

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Can acquired immunodeficiency syndrome from swimming at the same time as other aids patients in the pool?

Can acquired immunodeficiency syndrome from swimming at the same time as other aids patients in the pool?

No: Hiv is not transmitted casually, and the virus, even if somehow entered the water, which is highly unlikely, would be rapidly killed, and even if not, would need some portal of entry into the other person - either directly to their blood or an open lesion. All virtually impossible. ...Read more

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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome preventable yet?

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome preventable yet?

Safe sex.: Safe sex, avoiding illicit drug use, and universal precautions for healthcare workers can prevent most cases of hiv. ...Read more

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What could cause secondary (acquired) immunodeficiency coupled with autoimmunity? Both started at same time. Cancers and infections?(negative 4 hiv)

Immune Dysregulation: Disruption of the process of self/non-self recognition can lead to either immune deficiency (increased susceptibility to infection) or to autoimmunity (increased and pathogenic responses to self-antigens). Many of the genes that create susceptibility to autoimmunity also create susceptibility to immune deficiency. ...Read more

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How does the human immunodeficiency virus cause AIDS?

How does the human immunodeficiency virus cause AIDS?

Attacks T cells: T lymphocytes, part of the white blood cells, are the main cells in the specialized immune system, Especially the T helper cells, so when attacked the HIV virus, the whole immune system becomes deranged, hence the development of AIDS, ...Read more

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Human immunodeficiency virus--does it lead to any diseases besides aids?

Human immunodeficiency virus--does it lead to any diseases besides aids?

Yes: In addition to causing aids, we now know that HIV also increases chronic inflammation and immune activation, which can increase the risk of complications like coronary heart disease, malignancies, decreased bone density, and cognitive dyfunction. There is a lot of interest now in HIV as a cause of earlier complications of the aging process. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more