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Offline panna-m

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Allergy and HIV
« on: July 01, 2007, 07:58:44 AM »
Hello everyone,

I have a question concerning HIV/AIDS. What about allergy, when you are infected? By definition allergy is an over sensitization of immune system, so people with HIV shouldn't have allergy. Or is is it different kind of immune response, that has nothing to do with CD4 and T cells?

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2007, 08:05:05 AM »
panna,

Are you hiv positive? Usually hiv positive people have stronger allergic reactions to things they are allergic to. I'm wondering why you're asking these questions.

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Offline panna-m

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2007, 08:22:37 AM »
Thank you for reply.

No, I am not HIV positive, but I study psychology and as my specialiation I have intervention in crisis. I hope in this summer or in the next year I will start traineeship as therapist for people who face crisis (most likely problems with drug abuse, HIV and related somatic diseases maybe alcoholism), so I started to gather information about HIV. This forum is a big help and I found many usefull information concerning not only biological mechanisms in HIV, but also some psychological and practical. I think, that I have to know, what people have to face, when dealing with HIV, that's why I posted this question.


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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2007, 08:30:23 AM »
Panna,

Strictly speaking, you should not be posting in this portion of our forums as you are not hiv positive or the friend, family or partner of someone who is. For this reason, I'm moving your thread to Off Topic. Please read our Welcome Thread and take note of our forum posting guidelines, as well as checking out the other sections of this website.

While your interest in helping others is admirable, it can sometimes feel like we're being put under a microscope when hiv negative people come here wanting to pick our brains. If you'd like to ask further questions, please keep them in the Off Topic forum, or a relevant forum such as Treatment or Nutrition. Feel free to read whatever you find interesting, but be courteous as to where you post.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Offline panna-m

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2007, 08:50:30 AM »
OK, I'll try to stick to proper portion of forum :)

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2007, 12:12:30 PM »
just wanted to share my opinion.

i always suffered with allergies since i was a little kid. however, during past 5-6 years or so before my coming down with aids, i had no allergic reaction what soever, except for cats. not sure if that says anything about anything or not. but i do see your point that allergic reaction happens when your immune system is over working and that when you don't have any, you shoudln't be having any reaction....
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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2007, 12:46:38 PM »
Interesting question. The allergic reaction is due to a large amount of B cell generated antibodies. I would imagine that the T cells are not in the pictures there? But maybe they come in the picture in the duration of the allergy, not being able to kill the allergens fast enough?

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2007, 06:33:32 PM »
Hello,

I am 55 years of age. HIV positive since 1985, and on meds since October of 2003. Maybe I am one of the few lucky ones, but I have never had allergy problems pre-HIV or after diagnosis, or while being on treatment. I hope it continues that way.

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Offline camille07

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2007, 06:41:51 PM »
When I got cats, about 7 years ago, I realized I was allergic...this was pre diagnosis.  The allergies hardly bother any more and I'm wondering if it has to due with the complete change in life style, ie, vitamins, exercise and acupuncture. 

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2007, 08:14:42 PM »
If only it were true that having HIV reduced allergies.  I spend almost as much on antihistamine eyedrops, flonase and claritin each year as I do for HIV meds. 
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Offline panna-m

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Re: Allergy and HIV
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2007, 04:23:49 AM »
Thank you for you replies  :)

I've asked here and there ( my friend, who works in biological research) and she said, that when someone had allergy before diagnosis it should stay even with damaged immune system, because certain antibodies were created. As far I understood T-cells are responsible for recognizing "enemy", so when their number is reduced, you hardly get any allergy, but you still can get one. I still think that every organism reacts differently, but theoretical model should look like this. But she is not a specialist in this field, so I think only HIV researcher could answer this properly.

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