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Opportunistic infections with HIV
Mar 5, 2000

What explains the differences in the incidence of opportunistic infections in clients with HIV?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

No one knows for certain but it's probably due to inherent differences in the disease-causing ability ("pathogenicity") of the organism. TB is virulent enough to cause disease in people with normal immune systems, but another mycobacterium, MAC, doesn't cause disease until T-cell immunity is almost wiped out.


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