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HIV and staph
Jan 4, 2008

I have been positive for 7 years. No meds...T-cells 700 range...viral load...5-15k and ratio's in the 30's consistently. A year ago I got a nasty staph infection not diagnosed as MRSA. It has now recurred 4 times and we have used septra to treat but it keeps coming back. Do you think this has anything to do with NOT treating the HIV with meds? Have you seen this and therefore been able to record an end to the staph infections by beginning a patient on antiviral meds?

Response from Dr. Conway

Generally speaking, this does not sound as if it is related to the progression of HIV disease. The part of the immune system that controls staphylococcal infection is not really the T cells. If the infections are mainly superficial, it may just be that a longer course of antibiotics along with more local cleansing (and perhaps local antibiotics) may be all that is needed to clear up the problem. This being said, it may be that if all of this doesn't work, it may be worth going on antibiotics plus HAART to see if this helps...but not yet.

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