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How Does Hiv Destroy The Immune System
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
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 infections cannot enter the cells, thus they are useless once the HIV is already inside. While inside, they can multiply and thus continue to cause disease for years. So, the best treatment we have =prevention. Live well, evangelineli1. Good luck. ...Read more
Immune system attack:
it is an insightful question! HIV agent attacks the immune cells themselves while most other infectious agents are attacked by cells of immune system as soon as they enter our body. Hiv enters the immune cells, kills them, causes programmed cell death of cells, and we lose cell-mediated immunity. This makes us defenseless against other invading organism and normally harmless germs. ...Read more
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 the first 3 months. Rarely, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibody. If there's concern about acute hiv, a test that measures HIV RNA viral load can be done. The time between HIV infection and RNA detection is about 10 days. Talk with md. ...Read more
HIV destroys body: Over time, the virus will destroy the immune system. It depends 'where' the patient is starting off from in terms of 'full strength' or not. If the patient is already on ART, then perhaps some damage has already occurred to the immune system. I don't trust the virus & I would not let it 'take' any more immune function from the patient. Besides, even one infection like pneumonia can kill. Take care ...Read more
A normal life: Essentially a near normal life. National data from the nih and cdc show the average life expectancy to be measured just several years short of what would otherwise be expected. It is essential though to have routine follow ups with a qualified infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
What are you asking?: WHEN you get infected by HIV? Hopefully, this will NEVER happen. You mean IF, correct? And the answer is, "Yes"; during the acute illness your T-cells will drop precipitously, then rebound. It sounds as it you need to talk with a reality-focused physician. If you are in a relationship with someone who is HIV+, you can be protected. ...Read more
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
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
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
Good question: Because the target of its growth and impairment are elements of our immune system. If you can figure out why and exactly how it does this and evades our immunity you may become very famous and wealthy. ...Read more
Yes: Very much so. During the acute illness, CD4 levels have dropped so low that quite a few people have gotten pneumocystis. Happily, they bounce back and hopefully the illness can be managed. Now why are you asking? I hope all's well. Your physician can help you if you're worried about having become infected, and I hope you'll be safe and not end up at risk. ...Read more
Is it possible that if a person become in contact with HIV through sex and the virus is at a low level, can the immune system fight it off?
HIV: There is a rare subgroup of individuals who have an altered version of the viral attachment site for the cell. Generally this means that the infection progresses less rapidly, but prevention is conceivable. Transmission is never 100% and the lower the viral load the lower the risk of infection, but not because the immune system fights it off. ...Read more
I have had at least 5 colds this year. My immune system is weak b/c I have cronic neutropenia. I never get this sick. Could this mean I have HIV.
I don't have HIV; however my immune system is doing the same as HIV, attacking my body, organs, systems. IViG helped, but also caused Gad 65 180.
Mixed up: You are rather confused about your condition, as you were previously answered: kindly seek help in a Tertiary Care facility where multiple specialists would care for you at the same setting, rheumatologist, Immunologist and possibly psychiatrist, good luck ...Read more
What would a person look like in the late stage of HIV or with aids. Due to the fact the immune system is already weak!
Normal, need test: This is the second time you've asked a similar question. Most people with HIV look healthy even with a weak immune system. Sometimes there is weight loss, dry skin, and fatigue, but even with advanced AIDS, most people look fine. If you are worried someone you know might have HIV or is at risk, suggest testing. For sure do not judge a possible sex partner by appearance. ...Read more
If a person has HIV, is it a good idea for that person to consume supplements that are supposed to support or stimulate the immune system?
Be discerning: Get a gym membership instead. Exercise is better-evidenced as enhancing immunity than any pill. If you believed a tenth of the claims about herbals, minerals and so forth stimulating the immune system, you would be reading uncritically. If you are interested in supplements, get with an ethical, evidence-based holiday like Healthtap's Randy Baker in your own community. ...Read more
If u r in good health, & have a strong immune system, is it way less likely that you'll get hiv, even if you had unprotected sex w/ infected person? ?
Why do you ask?: Hiv is more likely to be transmitted if the infectious load falls on an area that's already abraded / ulcerated / inflamed. "strong immune system" is hard to measure, but many people who have been exposed but not infected have antibodies in surface fluids. Most important, though, don't assume you're safe just because you're healthy and take care of yourself. ...Read more
My immune system is compromised by hiv, will there be complications with a leishmaniasis infection?
Maybe: Leishmania comes in two forms: the skin (cutaneous) form and the internal (visceral) form which are transmitted by bites from sand flies. These parasites live inside of your cells, causing chronic non-healing sores or large spleens, fever & low blood counts. People with lowered immunity can have activation of old infection or increased susceptibility to new infection. See a specialist fo treatment. ...Read more
Would jock itch and a possible very slight case of thrush be acute hiv symptoms? My possible contact would’ve been about 34 days, would my immune system be low already. I’ve never had jock itch before
im 30 yrs old and Had unprotected sex 4 months ago, 4 weeks ago developed shingles on my back. Weak immune system, HIV positive? No prior symptoms.
Too important: Your request is too important to pass on even though it's confusing. If you're asking about chances of having contracted HIV 4 mths ago, definitely have a test and counseling and always use protection. If you know you are HIV+, please be responsible and avoid spreading it to others. Shingles has been seen to emerge in newly HIV infected folk, so please do test, DX and treat whatever you have! ...Read more
Can a medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack affect the chances of catching HIV after an exposure? Still negative but concerned since steroids lower the immune system.
If you have genital herpes can the immune system get weak can it turn to HIV even if you don't have sex please explain?
Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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