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Recurrent MRSA
Jun 29, 2005

Thanks to all of you again for your continued timely information and reassurance!

My partner has had recurrent lesions on his legs over the past year believed to be caused by MRSA. Would you consider these recurrent bouts of MRSA in an HIV patient to be suggestive of "symptomatic HIV" therefore an indication for antiretroviral therapy regardless of CD4 count or viral load?

Thanks in advance.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

In general terms, having a staphylococcal ("staph") skin infection is not indicative of symptomatic HIV disease, nor is this necessarily an indication to start antiretroviral medications. BY



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