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Is acute bronchitis an AIDS defining condition
May 21, 2013

Hello,

I was doing some research on AIDS defining conditions and found bronchitis on the list, but noticed that it was listed in the Hepes Simplex category. This is what I found, Herpes simplex: chronic ulcers (>1 month's duration) or bronchitis, pneumonitis, or esophagitis (onset at age >1 month). It's rather confusing. I was wondering if acute bronchitis is considered to be in this category or if its only referring to herpetic bronchitis? Thanks for any clarification

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Acute bronchitis is not an AIDS-defining condition and usually caused by bacterial infection; lung infection (such as bronchitis) with herpes virus (quite rare) is considered AIDS-defining.

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