The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Opportunistic InfectionsOpportunistic Infections
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Endolimax nana
Dec 16, 1999

I'm HIV+, asymptomatic (except for a minor manifestation of molluscum contagiosum on groin and Herpes Zoster once) . I've been HAART for 10 months. As of last testing 12 weeks ago: VL has gone from 50,000 down to 64 and CD4 up to 340 from 174.

6 weeks ago during a routine stool test, Endolimax Nana was found in my feces. I took Flagyl (750 mg 3x a day for 10 dd.)

In the meantime I've had about of stomach flu (vomit and diarrhea for 2 days), but my doctor says it's a bug that's been going around San Francisco and not related to HIV.

I've insisted to check my stool again. Again everything is OK: no Giardia or other serious parasites. BUT I still have Endolimax Nana.

Flagyl is a nasty therapy. And my doctor feels that it's quite OK to leave Edolimax Nana in my bowel since it's never been proven to harm the organism, not even of PWAs.

What is your opinion? Thanks!

Response from Dr. Feinberg

It is not 100% clear that E. nana causes disease. However, in some HIV+ patients with diarrhea and other symptoms, if E. nana is treated with Flagyl or other antibiotics, the symptoms may improve. You didn't say whether you are still having problems now that your bout of 'flu' is over. If you feel ok now, it is not necessary to be retreated at this time.

crixivan and blockage in the testicals?
Body Hair Loss, Symptom of What?

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



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 nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint