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Is HIV an autoimmune disease?

Is HIV an autoimmune 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 infection. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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 a link between false postive ELISA HIV test and autoimmune diseases? I had a false pos ELISA HIV test does that mean I have autoimmune disese

Is there a link between false postive ELISA HIV test and autoimmune diseases? I had a false pos ELISA HIV test does that mean I have autoimmune disese

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 believing garbage you read on the internet, accept that you are healthy, love safely, and get on with your life. Health doesn't come from trying to self-diagnose. If you have unmanageable fears that you are sick, your personal physician can help. ...Read more

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How to detect if acute hiv associated glamerulonephritis or other autoimmune diseases? Is pcr reliable and accurate?

How to detect if acute hiv associated glamerulonephritis or other autoimmune diseases? Is pcr reliable and accurate?

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 exposure it essentially rules out HIV. ...Read more

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Is it possible to take care of an autoimmune disease with hiv?

Is it possible to take care of an autoimmune disease with hiv?

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 asking "can a patient with both HIV and autoimmune diseases be cured" then the answer is yes the symptoms of both diseases can be addressed to make the patient feel better, but neither disease has a cure yet. ...Read more

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1year post unprotected HIV exposure. 2 false + ELISA 1 w/neg ifa & 1w/ westernblot &naat. Autoimmune disease? Room for concern? Worth investigating?

1year post unprotected HIV exposure. 2 false + ELISA 1 w/neg ifa & 1w/ westernblot &naat. Autoimmune disease? Room for concern? Worth investigating?

HIV: Yes, this is worth further investigation. A common cause for biologically false test results may be autoimmune diseases, syphilis, and other illnesses. If you want to exclude HIV disease would suggest a pcr for HIV rna. Expensive but definitive. Good luck. ...Read more

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False positive ELISA HIV test after 2 years expsure. Autoimmune disease? Will I ever know why? Does this mean something's wrong?

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 false-negative that should worry you. ...Read more

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If I test false positive for ELISA HIV does it mean I have an autoimmune disease? If I do have one will I be paralyzed or die earlier?

If I test false positive for ELISA HIV does it mean I have an autoimmune disease? If I do have one will I be paralyzed or die earlier?

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 tested if no unprotected sex. Other risk factors? Suggest you see a pcp, have them thoroughly evaluate you and refer you on if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does a false positive ELISA HIV test mean someone has a autoimmune disease? Or could it be anything? Do people find out why they get these results?

Does a false positive ELISA HIV test mean someone has a autoimmune disease? Or could it be anything? Do people find out why they get these results?

No: While false positives can be from nothing specific, they can be related to infections from other viruses that may make similar antibodies that can react with elisas, but this has to be confirmed with western blot. I personally would ask for two confirmations as it can take up to six weeks for viral levels to be high enough to be sure with the test. Check with infectious disease doc to be safe. ...Read more

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18 months post exposure. False positive ELISA HIV test. Negative confirmatories and naat. Do I have cancer? Or autoimmune disease? I rarely get sick.

18 months post exposure. False positive ELISA HIV test. Negative confirmatories and naat. Do I have cancer? Or autoimmune disease? I rarely get sick.

Not enough info...: You described an event and lab work. You did not mention what your problems are. Need this first! But the tests you did get would not rule in or rule out autoimmune disease or cancer! but in the absence of illness or problems, I doubt you have either! ...Read more

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Can you die from autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease and death: Death in autoimmune diseases depend on several factors including its severity, target organ, cell, tissue and vital structures involved, duration and stage of disease, underlying comorbid conditions, age of patient and overall health of patient. Many of autoimmune diseases do well with appropriate management. They are chronic diseases and need expert care in the longer run. ...Read more

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What might case autoimmune diseases?

What might case autoimmune diseases?

Confused cells: Immune system, especially, the adaptive part, views body organ systems as foreign invaders and attacks protectively. Our genetic makeup determines organ susceptibility, and environmental stimuli trigger the attack. This could be termed a biological mimicry. Classics include rheumatoid arthritis, ms, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, to name a few. ...Read more

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How rare are autoimmune diseases in the us?

How rare are autoimmune diseases in the us?

Not rare, common!: Autoimmune illness happens when a person's immune system mistakenly targets her/his own cells, tissues, organs. Because of this, at least eighty, and probably many more, diseases are actually considered autoimmune disorders. This makes it one of the most common causes of illness. ...Read more

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What foods are bad for autoimmune diseases?

Those ones: Gluten, corn, salt, refined grains, trans fats: once hailed as a healthy alternative to butter, frozen meals, fast food, breakfast cereal, candy, soda and artificial sweetener. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which your body makes antibodies against your own tissues. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hepatitis, anemia, hypothyroidism, and vasculitis. Management of these conditions generally requires the assistance of a specialist--rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Number of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too numerous: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too broad a topic: Auto-immune disorders are a large class of diseases and symptoms depend on the disease and organ system affected. Please check the following site for a start.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/search/search. ...Read more

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What is an autoimmune disease.? How could it be diagnosed.?

What is an autoimmune disease.? How could it be diagnosed.?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues, cells and targeted organs. Diagnosis depends upon which tissue, cell or organ is affected. Diagnosis is made on clinical picture with immunological studies targeted to cell, tissue organ involved and at times biopsy of affected tissues and organ. ...Read more

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Are all autoimmune diseases fatal?

No even close: There are numerous autoimmune diseases that are not fatal. These include psoriasis, hypothyroidism, certain types of hair loss and many others. In fact, relatively few autoimmune diseases have increased risk of death. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. One 's own immune system mistakes the skin as not self and attacks the skin by producing excess cytokines. In response body produces excess skin cells which pile up as red white scaly patches or plaques on top layer of skin called epidermis. There are 5 types of skin lesions called plaques, pustular, guttate, inverse and erythrodermic ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of autoimmune diseases?

What are the negative effects of autoimmune diseases?

Too numerous: The effects are too numerous to mention as autoimmune disease can effect any organ system in the body. Some diseases affect only one or two systems whereas other conditions can affect multiple organ systems. Autoimmune means "immunity against the self.". ...Read more

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Is there an autoimmune disease that mimic's meniere's disease?

Yes.: It's possible for autoimmune disease of the inner ear to mimic the symptoms of meniere's. There are various other diseases that can mimic meniere's symptoms too. ...Read more

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Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Yes: Here is an excellent summary

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001467/. ...Read more

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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs. It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna, sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus. Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more

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Is scoliosis a autoimmune disease?

Is scoliosis a autoimmune disease?

No: Scoliosis, or an abnormal curvature of the spine, is often congenital (you are born with it) but never autoimmune. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more