|Oportunistic infections during hiv acute infection
Nov 25, 2001
I've read that CD4 count drops during hiv acute infection. Does this mean that during acute infection an individual is more prone to develop opportunistic infections? If they occur, do these opportunistic infections go away by themselves or do they require medication? Would athlete's foot be considered an oportunistic infection? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
It would be extremely unusual for someone with acute HIV infection to develop an OI. CD4 counts do not usually decrease to a point that puts one at risk for OIs. Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects millions of people world wide and is not an OI.
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