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      04/30/02 01:01 AM

Human Papilloma Virus is the virus (or the family of viruses) that causes genital wars. HPV results in genital warts even in non-hiv+ people altough when CD4+ levels are low (so in uncontrolled or late-stage disease) re-occurrences of warts can be very more frequent and the risk of cervical, anal or penile cancer is higher so a PAP smear is advised to identify the strain of HPV (which can be more or less dangerous or benign). Genital warts are frozen, cauterized or surgically removed.

CMV, cytomegalovirus is a virus (of the herpes virus family) that affects most of the general population. Most of us have been exposed and infected by CMV during infancy and are asymptomatic. Unexposed people that are infected in adult age can experience an acute syndrome similar to infectuous mononucleosis (caused by Epstein-Barr virus). In immunosuppressed people (normally in advanced HIV disease) CMV can result in cytomegalovirus retinitis, or detachment of the retina. This eye illness is usually marked by visible web-like floaters and white light flashes. It can lead to blindness. In HIV infected people CMV infection is treated with Gancyclovir.

Hope this helps, better information can be retrieved talking to a doctor

w02 (considering a degree in medicine! ;-))

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