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Bacterial Infections Common With Hiv Patients

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Filgrastim (Neupogen)

..."polys." The number of neutrophilsis counted as part of a "complete blood count." See Fact Sheet 121 for more information on these laboratory tests. Advanced HIV disease can cause neutropenia. It can be fairly common in HIV patients using medications that can damage the bone marrow, such as: ganciclovir, a drug used to treat cytomegalovirus (see Fact Sheet 504 ) the antiretroviral drug AZT (Retrovir, see Fact Sheet 411 ) the antibiotic...
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MRSA & Treatment

I had a mrsa infection 12/28, 2 wks antibiotics, finished then 1/21 another mrsa infection, 2 wks antibiotics and now 2/15 another bump. My CD4 is 520 and VL 15000. Should I consider starting treatment, and is MRSA considered a opportunistic...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...since your CD4 count is essentially already at the threshold when the current guidelines recommend treatment, if you were my patient and were willing to be adherent to medications, then it's probably time to consider treatment.I hope this helps,... Read more »

Can a Vaginal bacterial infection lower my T-Cell count?

I currently have HIV and my previous viral load was 1300 with a t-cell count over 651 which was an improvement from my previous blood tests. In a 6 month period my viral load increased to 1600 but my t-cell count dropped to 495. When I took my last...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...same with both of those CD4 counts, indicating a nonsignificant drop. Although some infections, primarily in the absence of HIV treatment, can result in increased viral load and decreased CD4 counts, I suspect this is not the case here. Read more »

Drug resistance Q.

Hi,Can colds, flu, pneumonia, or baterial infections a sign of drug resistance or can possibly lead to drug resistance?
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...bacterial pneumonia, viral infections such as herpes zoster infections or papilloma virus infections, and chronic or severe bacterial infections can be sign of a weakeded immune system, and some meet the definition of clinical AIDS. Recall that... Read more »

Bacterial Infections

Hi Dr. Frascino:Are upper respiratory bacterial infections an indication that a persons CD4 count is droping? How is it possible for a person living with HIV who has received a flu and pneumonia vaccine and on antiviral drugs (Atripla) with <50 VL...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Are upper respiratory bacterial infections an indication a person's CD4 count is dropping? No, not necessarily. Lots of folks with perfectly normal immune systems get upper Read more »
The Body PRO

Update on Management of the HIV/Hepatitis B- or HIV/Hepatitis C-Coinfected Patient will be used -- a much better option than comparing current data with those from historical cohorts. Risk Factors for Bacterial Infections in HIV/HCV-Coinfected Patients During Interferon Plus Ribavirin-Based Therapy STUDY... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Risk of Developing Specific AIDS-Defining Illnesses in Patients Co-Infected With HIV and Hepatitis C Virus With or Without Liver Cirrhosis

...authors wrote that "with the exception of lymphoma," there are "few data concerning the risk of specific opportunistic diseases in patients with and without hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection." In the current study, they evaluated "the correlation... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Finds Pfizer's Pneumonia, Meningitis Vaccine Protects Against Recurrent Pneumonia in HIV Patients

...useless. ... This gives hope for the possible use of conjugate technology in other vaccines targeting important HIV associated bacterial infections, most notably non-typhoidal Salmonella," French said (3/4). "The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

... Many studies agree that only a single factor, HIV, predicts whether a person will develop AIDS. Other viral infections, bacterial infections, sexual behavior patterns and drug abuse patterns do not predict who develops AIDS. Individuals from... Read more »
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Posted by finallyfindigout, 2 Replies
...of you who found out due to recurring yeast infections, did this occur in the early HIV stages? My doc said she sees this in patients who are advanced in their HIV illness. My immune system doesn't appear to be low as I have a normal CBC (8.0 on... Read more »

AIDS patient eradicted of HIV virus?

Posted by Mike89406, 4 Replies
Very interesting read while he went through some hardships doing this it sounds like the opening of a possible new door to treatment. The guy hasn't been on Meds for 600 days after a bone marrow transplant. ... Read more »

Pityriasis Rosea

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies Pityriasis Rosea a skin rash among HIV poz people or is it just a common rash among young people ? can someone please help me Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...opportunistic infections as do adults with the disease. In addition, they also have severe forms of the typically common childhood bacterial infections, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), ear infections, and tonsillitis. People with AIDS are... Read more »