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Question by  unmeinohi3543 (137)

What is the cell most likely to be attached by an HIV virus?

I am studying the HIV virus and need some basic help with the cells that they attack.


Answer by  Kennady (58)

The HIV virus typically attacks T-Cells. They let are the "alarm system" of your Immune System. If any bacteria enters your body it alerts everyone to be on guard and protect your vitals. If the body is not notified of infection it can not protect it's self. That's why the HIV virus is "lethal".


Answer by  mb (5482)

The human immuniodeficency virus specifically attacks the T-helper cell. The T-helper is a division of the white blood cells (lymphocytes) that are active in your immune system. The T-helper particularly activates the immune system to infections. That is why AIDS patients get so sick, their bodies don't know that something is attacking them.


Answer by  jsmith (2067)

I'm not sure what level of detail you require, but the dogma is that HIV attacks helper T cells of the immune system. In college I was taught that they also can also infect certain macrophages and other antigen-presenting cells, also of the immune system.


Answer by  patti (29325)

When HIV affects the body's immune system. This then opens the body's systems for opportunistic infections. HIV nor AIDS limits its affects to certain cell types or specific systems. AIDS manifests in many ways.


Answer by  Riley (765)

HIV virus attacks the immune system which are the CD4+T cells which fight infections. After the initial contact and attachment of immune cells, there is a cascade of intracellular events. End of these events is massive numbers of viral particles, death to infected cells and devastation of the immune system.

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