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MRSA & Treatment
Apr 3, 2010

I had a mrsa infection 12/28, 2 wks antibiotics, finished then 1/21 another mrsa infection, 2 wks antibiotics and now 2/15 another bump. My CD4 is 520 and VL 15000. Should I consider starting treatment, and is MRSA considered a opportunistic infection.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a common community-acquired bacterial infection. MRSA is not an opportunistic infection, per se. A couple of episodes of MRSA, in my opinion, isn't sufficient reason to start HIV medications.

However, since your CD4 count is essentially already at the threshold when the current guidelines recommend treatment, if you were my patient and were willing to be adherent to medications, then it's probably time to consider treatment.

I hope this helps, be well.


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