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What are the main target receptors for HIV infection?

CD4+ receptors


What cells are the main target for HIV infection?

T helper cells


What are the seven stages of the HIV life cycle?

1. Binding (HIV binds to receptors on the surface of a CD4 cell)
2. Fusion (HIV envelope and the CD4 cell membrane fuse, allowing HIV to enter the CD4 cell)
3. Reverse transcription (Inside the CD4 cell HIV releases and uses reverse transcriptase to convert its genetic material -HIV RNA- into HIV DNA) This allows HIV to enter the CD4 cell nucleus and combine with the host cellular DNA)
4. Integration (Inside the CD4 cell nucleus HIV releases the enzyme integrase which allows insertion of the viral DNA into the cellular DNA)
5. Replication (Once integrated into the CD4 cell DNA HIV uses the machinery of the CD4 cell to make long chains of HIV proteins)
6. Assembly (New HIV proteins and HIV RNA move to the surface of the cell and assemble into immature(noninfectious) HIV)
7. Budding (Newly formed HIV pushes itself out of the host CD4 cell. The new HIV releases protease which breaks up the long protein chains that form the immature virus. The smaller HIV proteins combine to form mature (infectious) HIV.


What is the recommended first line screening test for HIV?

4th generation assay that tests for the HIV antibody and p24 antigen


What test is a marker of infectiousness in HIV?

HIV RNA load


How many days after infection with HIV would antibodies be detected?

~21 - 25 days after infection


How many days after infection with HIV is the p24 antigen detected?

~15 - 19 days. (6 days earlier than the antibodies)


How many days after infection with HIV will a plasma HIV RNA load be detected?

~ 9 - 11 days


What is meant by the "window period" in HIV?

The time between HIV transmission and the ability to detect the infection using serology tests.


What antigen is the test looking for in HIV testing?



What is seroconversion?

The period of time during which HIV antibodies develop and become detectable.
Generally takes place within a few weeks of initial infection.
It is often, but not always, accompanied by flu-like symptoms including fever, rash, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes.


What is the function of T helper cells (CD4 cells)

- Release T cell cytokines
- Essential in B cell antibody class switching
- Activate cytotoxic T cells
- Maximise bactericidal activity of phagocytes such as macrophages.


What is normal CD4+ count?

500 - 1600 cells/mm3


Below what CD4+ count is there a risk of oppertunistic infection?


If you get a needlestick injury, or have unprotected sex with someone who is HIV+ how many days do you have to take PEP before the infection taken hold?

3 days


Describe the primary infection with HIV?

1. Infection of CD4 cells at mucosal surfaces
2. Transport to regional lymph nodes
Rapid replication of the virus in this stage
80% of people will present with a glandular fever type illness at this stage - sore throat, rash, fever.


An HIV+ man presents with worsening SOB over the last 5 months. He gets very out of breath when walking and can no longer play football because of this. What is the diagnosis?

PCP pneuomonia


An HIV+ man presents with worsening SOB over the last 5 months. He gets very out of breath when walking and can no longer play football because of this. What is the treatment?

PCP pneumonica
High dose co trimoxazole +/- steroid


What prophylactic treatment would you start in an HIV+ man with a CD4 count of 160? Why?

Low dose co trimoxazole
Protects against PCP pneumonia and cerebral toxoplasmosis.


An HIV+ women with a CD4 count of 100 presents to hospital having suffered from 3 seizures. She is slightly confused and also describes a persistent headache. What is the diagnosis?

Cerebreal toxoplasmosis


An HIV+ man presents to his optician with a painful eye. He also describes floaters in his vision. When asked he discloses that he has been suffering from diarrhea and passing blood in his stools. What is the diagnosis?



Reactivation of which virus is responsible for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy?

JC virus?


Why do people with HIV suffer from diarrhea and malabsorption?

Gut associated lymphoid tissue is destroyed early in the disease


What virus causes Kaposi's sarcoma?

Human herpes virus 8