|pets and hiv-infected individuals
Feb 7, 2000
since many of the fungal opportunistic infections are contracted by bird droopings,and dirt; which in healthy persons do not usually bother, do you consider having cockateels and working in the dirt ie....digging a pod, high risk behavior for those infected with hiv?
Response from Dr. Feinberg
Not for HIV+s whose immune systems are not badly damaged. If your CD4 count is good and your HIV viral load is suppressed, I think the risk is minimal and has to be balanced against the pleasure you get from these activities. For HIV+s with advanced disease (CD4 less than 100) and uncontrolled viral loads, the risk is proportionally higher, but unfortunately still can't be quantified in any precise way.
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