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How does aids affect the immune system?

How does aids affect the immune system?

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 knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system. ...Read more

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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


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What are the health risks of AIDS, aside from a compromised immune system?

What are the health risks of AIDS, aside from a compromised immune system?

Don't need more: Than immunodeficiency, however malignancy remains another health risk after opportunistic infections in AIDS patients, but again stemming from the fact that immune surveillance is compromised too, wish everybody wellness ...Read more

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Can late stage his/aids be treated and the immune system still boosted? Is it ever too late to be diagnosed and treated?

Can late stage his/aids be treated and the immune system still boosted? Is it ever too late to be diagnosed and treated?

No: Given today's advances, it is never too late to get diagnosed and usually not too late to get treated. However any disease can progress so far that recovery or control is no longer possible . If you or your friend think that HIV is a probable problem, get checked ASAP. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why an individual with a compromised immune system (for example, a person with aids) may be unable to?

Suppressed immunity: THere are many reasons for a compromised immune system. This can cause increased susceptibility to infections of various kinds. As such, one must take extra care to avoid things that will increase infection risks, such as direct contact with someone who is ill. As well, some live vaccines may be contraindicated, and certain types of travel may be ill-advised. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a high immune system does it decrease your chances of getting aids or are chances still the same?

What happens if you have a high immune system does it decrease your chances of getting aids or are chances still the same?

The same: I don't know what you mean by a "high immune system" (or how you would know). The state of your immune system does not affect your chances of being infected with hiv, and it doesn't affect the rate of progression if you do get infected. These things are more affected by your genetics than your immune system. ...Read more

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What does HIV/AIDS do to a person's immune system?

What does HIV/AIDS do to a person's immune system?

HIV: In a nutshell, attacks the T lymphocytes, one important white blood cell type, considered the master of the immune system, which also has many subtypes e.g.T helper cells, T suppressor cells, etc.., the virus attacks mainly the T helper cells thus disrupting the whole defense system, hope that helps ...Read more

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Can you tell me how aids/hiv drugs help patients immune system?

Can you tell me how aids/hiv drugs help patients immune system?

HIV treatment: There are numerous classes of anti-retrovirals to treat HIV/AIDS. Their mechanisms of action are different, but the end result is the same. They all act to decrease viral replication, causing a decrease in the viral load in the blood as well as a gradual increase in the CD4 - T helper - cells. This helps to boost back the immune system. ...Read more

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What else causes your immune system to be low besides HIV and AIDS?

Immune deficiency : immune deficiencies have multiple reasons. Some people born with it. Some are acquired or induced by different medications or conditions. These topic is too broad for this post ...Read more

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Does having aids reduce or eliminate the effects of allergies, since the immune system is not working?

Does having aids reduce or eliminate the effects of allergies, since the immune system is not working?

Very smart: Question! usually allergies are mediated by antibody (ige) made by b-cells, and HIV attacks and destroys helper t cells, cd-4's. So getting HIV will not cure allergies! ...Read more

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If I use sleep aids to sleep more, will this boost my immune system?

If I use sleep aids to sleep more, will this boost my immune system?

Maybe: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. If you get better sleep with your sleep aid this could be helpful to your immune syst. ...Read more

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