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I Have Cryptococcosis Does That Mean I Have Aids

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The Well Project

Fungal Infections

...(dysphagia) Often diagnosed via gastrointestinal endoscopy Possible in anyone who has thrush and a low CD4 cell count Treatment: Systemic therapy with azoles, fluconazole is generally used Cryptococcosis The fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is very common. It is found in soil and bird droppings. While most people have been exposed to this fungus, they generally have immune systems that are healthy enough to prevent ...
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HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS

Assuming HIV is the cause of AIDS (and assuming the CDC didn't botch the HIV=AIDS definition), then what is the cause of HIV-Negative AIDS (idiopathic CD4 lymphocytopenia)?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...infections associated with ICL are cryptococcosis, molluscum and histoplasmosis. In general, folks with ICL have fewer OIs than HIV/AIDS patients for any given CD4 level. Infections, such as PCP, Candida and KS (HHV-8), are unusual for ICL. 3.... Read more »

Non hiv aids (IDIOPATHIC CD4 LYMPHOCYTOPENIA) (ICL)

Dr. Bob, I read that about 1% of all aids cases do not involve an hiv virus that can be found. Could that be the cause of a number of us who from every indication other than a test believe we might be hiv positive. I have tested negative past two...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Non-HIV AIDS is a misnomer. AIDS is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Period! That said, there are other conditions that Read more »

Prevalence of ICL

In a 1996 response Mr. Sowdasky explained Idiopathic CD4+ Lymphocytopenia (ICL) sometimes called non HIV AIDS. Several times, Mr. Sowdasky called the condition rare. Have there been any studies on the prevalence of ICL? If so, what have they...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...infections associated with ICL are cryptococcosis, molluscum and histoplasmosis. In general, folks with ICL have fewer OIs than HIV/AIDS patients for any given CD4 level. Infections, such as PCP, Candida and KS (HHV-8), are unusual for ICL. 3.... Read more »

I have a question About ICL

I was diagnosed with ICL about 3-4 years ago. I had gotten cryptococcal meningitis and I had it for 3 weeks before they figured out what was wrong. Ever since being treated I seem to be fine except from scaring on my eyes(black artifacts)and sore...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,By definition, if you have ICL, you definitely don't have HIV.1.Were you born with ICL? I would have no way of knowing based on the limited information I have on your specific case.2.Could Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...CD4 Test? What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? How Are the Test Results Reported? What Do the Numbers Mean? "Non-AIDS" Illness and Death The Bottom Line What Are CD4 Cells? CD4 cells are a type of lymphocyte (white blood... Read more »
The Well Project

AIDS Defining Conditions

... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an HIV-positive person with a CD4 cell count of 200 or less as having AIDS. The CDC has also developed a list of more than 20 opportunistic Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...than womenstill have HIV in the US, women are catching up. In some countries, HIV+ womenoutnumber HIV+ men. The proportion of HIV/AIDS cases among women has more than tripled from 8percent in 1985 to an alarming 27 percent in 2008. That means... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

... When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of Read more »
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World AIDS Day 2006: raising 'HIV/AIDS' Awareness

Posted by Anonymous
...World AIDS Day 2006: Raising 'HIV/AIDS' Awareness We urgently need to raise 'HIV/AIDS' Awareness to stop the epidemic spread of AIDS-related Myths, HIV-related Lies Read more »

HIV/AIDS related kidney problems...

Posted by alexzander, 2 Replies
...i have a question and was wondering if ANYONE out there knew even a little bit....people who are HIV+ (i myself have AIDS) but is it common to see tons of reoccuring kidney infections?! i mean these have been going on for months Read more »

Workplace issues and HIV/AIDS

Posted by ScotCharles
...http://www.thebody.com/workplace.html Check out this link for workplace issues with HIV/AIDS. It is very thorough. Read more »

Good information on the board

Posted by Jackie_Blue, 2 Replies
...stage between initial infection and AIDS. It used to be called Aids Related Complex (ARC). It is now known as Symptomatic HIV Infection. I've reposted an article from aegis.com that gives you the CDC breakdowns of the disease stages. It is... Read more »