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I Have Cmv Retinitis Does That Mean I Have Aids

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...blindness unless treated. CMV can spread throughout the body and infect several organs at once. The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells. The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an inflammation of the retina. Patients may also notice light flashes, decreased or distorted vision, or blind...
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cmv reactivated

Dr. Keith i would like to ask, if for the first few months of taking arv meds i did pretty well-gained weight and cmv retinitis resolving, but after another few months- then my cmv retinitis reactivated and flare up again, does this mean that the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...still seen. If the CD4 count is low (ie < 50) and doesn't respond well to HIV control then risk for AIDS complications such as CMV retinitis remains. Also, there can be flare-ups of AIDS complications due to immune reconstitution after starting... Read more »

Questions from your answer

Hi Dr. Franscino!In a previous answer given through the "ask the experts" - HIV and CMV (CMV)Oct 17, 2008 -, I read "...CMV disease most often affects people with HIV when their CD4+ cell counts are below 50. You may also be at risk if you have a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells.The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an... Read more »

HIV and CMV (CMV)

Hi...My dad has been HIV+ for about 9 years now. He was diagnosed with ALL last year (which at this moment is currently in remission). He is currently taking maintence chemo pills and Atripla for his HIV. He was just told he has CMV. Is he in the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »

Disability and CMV retinitis

I am a 48-year old female working 30 hours a week as a special education teacher confultant. From 1995-1998 (pre-protease days), I was on total disability (through employer's LTD and SSDI) due to AIDS (T4 of 13) + bilateral CMV retinitis. I...
Lynn L. Franzoi

Response from Lynn L. Franzoi

Worldwide Benefits for Fox, Inc.
Work your doctors (internist, retina specailist, etc.) to complile the necessary medical back-up to apply for SSDI. It is not uncommon dfor Social Secuirty to deny the initial application. However, many times it is granted upon appeal. So if you... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oral Valganciclovir as Effective as IV Ganciclovir in Treating CMV Retinitis in AIDS Patients

...progression of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in AIDS patients. Valcyte is the first orally administered therapy approved for CMV retinitis and is converted to ganciclovir in the body. CMV is a member of the herpesvirus family that in the... Read more »
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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

New Developments in the Management of CMV Infections

...dose of 3000 mg three times daily) is as effective as IV ganciclovir (at a dose of 5 mg/kg daily) in delaying progression of CMV retinitis in patients who complete three weeks of IV induction therapy (Figure). Some doubt remains as... Read more »
The Body PRO

CMV Retinitis Despite High CD4 Lymphocyte Counts

...California at San Francisco. Mark Jacobson, a leading researcher from this institution reported on 5 cases of AIDS patients with CMV retinitis who had CD4 counts over 200 cells/mm3 at the time of diagnosis. Previous natural history studies have... Read more »
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cmv retinitis

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Does anyone know if you could have CMV retinitus for years without showing any other signs of HIV or AIDS? I have read that it comes in the later stages, and I have had the symptoms for years but otherwise feel o.k Read more »

support groups for people with CMV and blindness?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hey everybody, I'm living in Miami Beach in Florida, and have CMV Retinitis. I was wondering if anybody out there knows of, or might want to start, a support group or organizations for people with CMV Read more »

HIV / AIDS DOCS

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...What kinds of AIDS complications do you see? Suprunenko: Tuberculosis is number one, toxoplasmosis, esophageal candidiasis, CMV retinitis and pneumocystis. With regard to antiretroviral therapy, we see peripheral neuropathy and lactic acidosis... Read more »

Should I go to the E/R???! help

Posted by hello123, 2 Replies
...tested Monday but I don't know if I should wait. I have been experiencing blurred vision and my eyes hurt, I am afraid I have cmv retinitis. I don't want to go blind. Should I go to the e/r? Or wait until Monday to get tested? I don't know what... Read more »