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toxoplasmosis
Mar 1, 2006

Just found out it is in my system. What can you tell me about it and hiv together, and can it be passed via sexual contact?

Response from Dr. Henry

A significan fraction of adults are toxoplasma antibody positive (Toxo IgG+) indicating past exposure/infection to the toxoplama parasite (such as through cat litter box contact). For most patients that poses no immediate risk. If a person is HIV infection and has a damaged immune system (such as a CD4 count < 150-100) then the toxoplasma organism could activate and cause a serious infection (often in the brain). For HIV+ patients with a CD4 count < 200, use of sulfa/trimethoprim prophylaxis for Pneumocystis often provides good protection against toxoplasmosis as well. Most HIV specialist are well versed at preventing and/or diagnosing toxo infections. KH



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