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I Have Opportunistic Infections Does That Mean I Have Aids

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What Are Opportunistic Infections?

Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV+ People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system, HIV targets andinfects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us fromillnesses. These are a type of white blood cell called CD4 cells. HIV takes over CD4 cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce...
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what is an opportunistic infection?

Hello. I have a couple of questions. My first is, What, exactly, is an opportunistic infection? I mean, does the fact that I am HIV+ make any malady I may have (be it the flu or shingles or whatever)an O.I.? Also, as I did recently (several days...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
An OI is one of a group of specific illnesses that occurs in people with damaged immune systems -- essentially, the germ that causes the OI is taking advantage of your weakened immunity, hence the term. Shingles is not an OI per se, since it occurs... Read more »

Antibodies of opportunistic infections

I am Hiv-positive, recently infected, with normal CD4 counts, healthy and asymptomatic, on no medication.I know from some analysis years ago that I give positive also to Mantoux test forTB, to citomegalovirus and to toxoplasmosis antibodies. I am...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Let's deal with one test at a time: The positive Mantoux test for TB: This means that you have been exposed to tuberculosis. It means that there somewhere in your lungs, there are a few tuberculosis bacteria that are being effectively... Read more »

Opportunistic infections HPV

At what stage of HIV/ Aids are OIs such as the HPV virus likely to become a problem?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It depends on what kind of HPV-related problem you are talking about. HPV itself is not an opportunistic infection-- it is an STD that can happen to anyone, HIV- or HIV+, and mostly manifests itself as anogenital warts. While it is also true that... Read more »

Is hepC now considered an opportunistic infection in those with HIV?

Hi Dr., I just came across this on the web and wondered if it's true (considered an o.i.) and what do you think of calling it one? "Many HIV positive patients have 'stable' HIV disease due to the widespread use of HAART (highly...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Yes, it is true that we included hep C in the guidelines for treatment and prevention, but technically speaking, the definition of AIDS is set by the CDC and hep C is not included. That may be because the classic definition of an OI is an infection... Read more »
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Question for Dr Ryan: Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello Dr Ryan,
Thanks for taking some time to help us out in this forum. I sincerely appreciate it. After a high risk activity 2 years ago, followed by a very sick period with symptoms simliar to flu/mono 3-4 weeks later, I was convinced I had... Read more »

Opportunistic Infections??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had a risky situation approx 2 years ago. I have been relatively healthy since then but have become overcome with thoughts of hiv. Is it possible to have an opportunistic infection without having other symptoms. I have never had a fever, night... Read more »

Esophagitis as opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am wonering if anyone can tell me if Esophagitis can occur within 1st year of acquiring HIV infection. Please, I am extremely scared and I would appericiate an answer.

Thanks,
Nate Read more »

I may have an opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm so grateful for this forum. I have not been diagnosed with HIV (yet?) but I did get a blood test today and will find out the results Friday (12/3). Here's why I'm concerned. Yesterday I went to my dentist for a routine teeth cleaning. I have... Read more »