Mar 14, 2002
You say candida balantis is not an opportunistic infection, yet oral thrush is?.. why the difference when they are (are they?) caused by the same thing?
Response from Dr. Feinberg
Because candida balanitis or dermatitis (jock itch) is a common problem that happens all the time to people with perfectly normal immune systems. For an infection to be "opportunistic", it has to take advantage of a damaged immune system. Oral thrush is also not technically an "opportunistic" infection in the same way that candida esophagitis or PCP is, but it is relatively unusual in immunologically normal adults. In people with HIV, the development of oral thrush is an early event down the path of decreased immunity-- that is, it is a sign that eventually there is worse to come unless that person arrests the process of immune damage by taking medicines to control HIV.
- Odds Of Contracting HIV Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation
- Oral Sex Form Sex Worker Do I Need To Get Tested For HIV
- Sex With Sex Worker Scared To Death
- Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation Risk Of Getting HIV
- What Are The Chances Of Getting AIDS From Sucking Penis?
- Are White Bumps An Acute Symptom Of HIV?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.