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Are Opportunistic Infections Contagious

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Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections

Introduction Opportunistic Infections and HIV Disease Preventing Infections in the First Place Treating Infections as They Occur Preventive Treatment for OIs Maintenance Therapy A Final Word on Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections List of AIDS-Defining OIs from the Centers for Disease Control Introduction HIV ( human immunodeficiency virus ) infects the cells of your body's immune system. It then impairs how...
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Is CMV contagious? Am I contagious to unborn children?

The "opportunistic infections" page does not have a "Ask A Question" link.I have been diagnosed and treated for Immnune System Recovery Uveitis with a secondary CMV Retinitis. My best friend is pregnant. Is my CMV contagious to...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You could indeed be contagious to an unborn child. Given your diagnosis of CMV (cytomegalovirus) infection, you are no doubt shedding CMV into your urine.Your friend could get tested to see if she's immune to CMV. This would entail getting a... Read more »

opportunistic infection and care givers

What is the probability of an HIV person becoming a carrier of opportunistic infections such as pneumonia, thrush,and Epstein-Barr? There are two small children, under two years of age, who have been ill with ear infections, sinus...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Opportunistic infections occur because the person's damaged immune system cannot cope with various germs that are usually not harmful to others who are healthy. Therefore, an HIV+ person cannot "give" opportunistic infections to... Read more »

CD4 over 1000,still contagious as the DR has said? (ELITE CONTROLLERS, 2009)

My GF has tested positive for over 10 years, but the viral load has always been undetecable as she says, and her CD4 always over 1000. She is not on any meds, nor does she ever seem sick. I am a female as well, what are the risk involved when we...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,It is possible that your girlfriend is an "elite controller." See below. This may well decrease the chance that she could transmit the virus to others; however, it does not completely eliminate that chance. Safer sexual techniques... Read more »

Opportunistic Infection

WHAT IS AN OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTION?...
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
The term opportunistic infection is used to describe infections that occur in people who have deficiencies in their immune system- it is opportunistic because these infections take advantage of the "defect" in the host.-JC... Read more »
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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.

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Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would you say that a reoccuring itchy rash on the lower back/base of spine (large(ish), flat, red and very itchy) 5-6 months after possible exposure (protected vaginal sex with a sex worker) was anything to worry about? I have shown my Doctor and... Read more »

Could i be having an opportunistic infection

Posted by bmkm, 3 Replies
Hi. I had protected vaginal sex with a stranger in Sep 2011. At that time i had my finger in her vagina. 6-7 weeks after that i was in Hospital for muscle breakdown which was caused due to untreated undiagnosed HypoThyroid. When at Hospital they... Read more »