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 how can i get aids?

 should i be worried abou the swine flu?
i heard people in new york got it and i live in philadelphia. im having mixed emotions because the health officials are saying they expect deaths but many teachers at my school are saying they are ...

 what are the symptoms of swine flu?
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 My partner has shingles, can I catch it?
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 question about swine flu?
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 Can get aids by swallowing someone elses blood if they have aids?
basically i drink someone elses blood and that person has aids?
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 Can you buy HIV tests?
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 Help me! Yest Infections.?
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 how do you get rid of a cold?
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 OMG!! i think i have swine flu !?
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 can strep throat go away without antibiotics?

 I'm very worried about my son, and I think he might be gay. What should I do?
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 Do I have the symptoms of HIV?
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 how can i convince my friend's mom that i'm not infected?
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 Is it true that the Swine Flu started in Mexico?
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Why can't AIDS be cured by antibiotics?
Since HIV causes AIDS and AIDS acts by destroying a person's immune system, preventing the lymphocytes from producing sufficient antibodies to fight infection, wont antibiotics help the lymphocytes to combat the forein particles eg. bacteria/viruses?

cuzz antiobiotics help cure infections that are made by bacteria only nd aids isnt bacteria,its a virus
"Acquired immune deficiency syndrome"

Joe C
Because it's a disease that originated having to do with perversity and promiscuity. Hence, the cure lies in a lifestyle change.

There is no medical cure, nor will there ever be.

Drink vodka. A guy with 17 letters after his name told me this. One teaspoon a day. I, of course do a little more than that.

My cat drinks bong water
No because Aids is Auto immune. Last time I checked you can't cure auto immune with antibiotics.

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BIg Daddy
antibiotics work by stoping a certain bacterial pathway of replication and do nothing to hinder virus replication. HIV also has an extremely high rate of mutation which overcomes antiviral drugs with time. Not to mention, hiv attacks and destroys t helper lympocytes which are the signaling cells which help " direct" the immune system. It is extremely complicated. Get a basic immulogy textbook and take lots of time if you want a thorough answer to your question.

Derek R
AIDS is not autoimmune... it is like you said. Antibiotics are actually helpful when an AIDS patient gets an infection that is susceptible to antibiotic treatment, but they are less reliable and take longer to work in the immune-suppressed body of an AIDS patient. Unfortunately, there are also lots of diseases that are completely untreatable by antibiotics. All viruses fall into this category, for example.

HIV is a virus that attacks CD4+ white blood cells (and a couple of other cell types, too). It is not bacteria.

Basically, a virus is a bit of DNA or RNA encapsulated in a protein shell with perhaps a couple other things. Viruses are not living and they cannot reproduce on their own... that's why they invade other cells. They hijack the cell's machinery, use its nutrients, and reproduce genetics copies of themselves. When they're done, the cell is destroyed, and they burst out of it (they lyse the cell).

Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work against bacteria (which are whole, living cells). You can't cure a cold or the flu with antibioitics either. This is because antibiotics target certain aspects of a cell's machinery. Some target the peptidoglycidan, preventing the cell from undergoing cytokinesis. Others attack parts of them that are required for the translations of proteins (eg, by binding to certain transcription factors). Viruses don't have these things, and they cannot be targeted. The only way to attack a virus, pretty much, is to destroy its capsid (assuming the environment will then destroy the genetic material, which is pretty likely), attack it genetically (which carries with it a whole host of problems since you, too, have DNA), or something like that.

Fortunately (if I can get away with saying that anything about HIV is fortunate) HIV is a retrovirus. Life (cells to humans) go in this order: DNA -> RNA -> proteins. HIV does this: RNA->DNA->RNA->proteins. There is a whole step there that only retroviruses (like HIV) have, and this is one of the aspects of HIV that can be targeted. You may have heard the term "reverse transcriptase inhibitor" -- that's what this sort of medication does.

Antibiotics, however, don't attack reverse transcriptase, they don't attack the viral capsid, HIV's envelope, or anything of the sort. They attack things that HIV, or any virus for that matter, simply don't have.

As you point out, though, antibiotics *are* useful in terms of battling bacterial infections that an HIV positive individual would have more trouble than others fighting because of a depressed immune system. Similarly, chemotherapy helps combat cancers that HIV positive persons are susceptible to. Neither, however, attacks HIV specifically or any other virus for that matter.

So, in short, antibiotic will help what remains of the immune system fight off bacterial infections, but they will not have any direct effect on the HIV itself because HIV is a virus.

Stephanos I
because its a virus

antibiotics dont touch viruses

antibiotics treat bacterial infection, not viral infection. antibiotics are not the same thing at all as antibodies, they just sound similar.

in any case, you could not cure AIDS with an antibody supplement because you would only be curing the symptoms, not the disease itself, which is caused by a virus. the immune system would still be damaged.

Antibiotics are useless against viruses. That's why they treat viruses like herpes etc. with anti virals. An auto immune disease is your own body attacking its self.Some examples of auto immune diseases are Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Rhumatoid arthritis.

check out this research group ...someone there might know http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/

Alice K
The HIV virus is a VIRUS. Antobiotics don't work on viruses.

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