The THEORY proposes that HIV does not suppress the immune system by killing
off massive numbers of T-cells. Rather, HIV causes cells to clump
together and migrate out of the bloodstream and into surrounding tissues,
rendering them ineffective. Concurrently, the THEORY also proposes
that the reason T-cells are not replaced is not because the immune system
is exhausted, but rather that, because of this migration, the body does
not "know" these cells are no longer functioning and so does not replace
is a brief summary:
The THEORY proposes
that HIV does not move very efficiently through the bloodstream.
Once the antibody
to HIV appears, newly produced viral particles in the bloodstream are killed
off almost immediately.
Many of the cells
that are infected die by committing cellular suicide.
The body senses
the death of those cells and replaces them.
A small percentage
of the time, infected cells fail to commit suicide, and become chronically
The small percentage
of cells that are infected gain the ability to clump together and migrate
out of the bloodstream into surrounding tissues.
Those tissues become
inflamed, attracting white cells to those areas.
cells then fuse with and absorb the attracted white cells.
Not having died,
the absorbed cells are not replaced by the body.
This process continues
until populations of individual cells are depleted, and the immune system
A more detailed
description of The THEORY, including the history of its origin and development,
appear on the pages of this site. When read in sequence, they provide
a detailed understanding of The THEORY.
Dick Remley (deceased)