|conjunctivitis and Hiv
Dec 19, 2006
Hi Doc, I was wondering if Conjunctivitis is a common symptom of HIV, or a side affect of Sustiva or related to another viral or bacterial reasons? If it is caused by HIV itself, what would cause it? a staph infection? Sorry one more question. Are HIV + folks more prone to common staph infections (not mrsa)or again is this a common thing among the population?
Thank you for your valuable help.
Response from Dr. Conway
Conjunctivitis is usually a self-limited viral infection that is completely unrelated to HIV infection itself. Even in the few instances when conjunctivitis is caused by a bacteria, it is still not related to HIV. As for staph infections (usually of the skin), they may be more common in the setting of HIV infection, especially in people already prone to such infections (such as injection drug users), more so if the CD4 cell count is at or below 200.
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