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CMV/HIV
Jan 7, 1999

HI, SOMEONE WROTE IN THAT THEY WERE TESTING NEGATIVE ON HIV TESTS BUT POS ON CMV. COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SYMPTOMS OF CMV?THIS GUY MENTIONED SOME OF HIS SYMPTOMS AND THEY SOUNDED PRETTY BAD, I THOUGHT CMV COULD ONLY CAUSE SUCH SYMPTOMS IF IMMUNE SYSTEM WAS UNDER STRESS FROM HIV, ETC. WOULD HIS SYMPTOMS STILL BE LINGERING AFTER ONE YEAR?(I THINK HE SAID ONE YEAR) ONE MORE THING:IF A PERSON WAS IMNFECTED WITH CMV AND HIV AT SAME TIME WOULD THIS CAUSE DELAYED POSITVE TEST RESULT WITH ELISA AND P24?I THOUGHT I READ SOMEWHERE IT CAN CAUSE A DELAY IN ANTIBODY PRODUCTION.??? DOES CMV CAUSE A RASH ALSO? BYE!!!!!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Almost all of us were infected with CMV as small children. When people get HIV or are immunosuppressed because of cancer, transplants, etc, CMV disease is "reactivated". If one acquires CMV as an adult for the first time (no HIV), they can get very sick with a mono-like syndrome, flu, hepatitis, meningitis, etc. It would be unlikely, though possible, that someone would get infected with HIV and CMV at the same time. It is conceivable that with simultaneous duel infection antibody development would be delayed as the body trys to fiht both infections. Unlikely, but possible, that CMV causes a rash. MH



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