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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

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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 Retinitis who suffered blindness as a result of... Read more »

implant for cmv

Posted by princealbert
Has anyone had a vitrasert implant for cmv retinitis? I'm concerned because it's now 2 1/2 weeks after surgery, and my vision is still very cloudy, like someone smeared vaseline over my right lens. I've been examined 3 times thoroughly, and doctors... Read more »

eye implant for cmv

Posted by princealbert, 1 Reply
Has anyone had a vitrasert implant for cmv retinitis? I'm concerned because it's now 2 1/2 weeks after surgery, and my vision is still very cloudy, like someone smeared vaseline over my
right lens. I've been examined 3 times thoroughly, and doctors... Read more »

cmv + high CD4

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone know if it is even remotely possible to have CMV retinitis at a CD4 of over 600 (37%)? I have had floaters for almost 5 months and the opthamologist says that I have a little retina thining but no disease. I have tested neg for HIV a... Read more »
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how to diagnose CMV retinitis?

dear doctor ,,,I have symptoms in my eyes ,,but if I go to eye doctor how he will diagnose that I have CMV retinitis?is it by blood test only ? I mean if I did blood test for CMV ,,,if both IgG and IgM CMV test came positive ,,does this mean that I...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The only way to diagnose CMV retinitis is to have an exam by an eye doctor experienced in treating HIV+s. The blood tests merely tell whether you have been exposed to CMV recently (IgM) or in the past (IgG). People who are IgG+ are at risk for... Read more »

AIDS and CMV retinitis

I have a friend in Peru just diagnosed with AIDS (CD4 below 50 and 500,000 VL) and CMV retinitis (blurred vision in one eye). He is receiving mixed information about when to start HAART: has been said that HAART can cause more vision complications....
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Assuming your friend is being treated for his CMV retinitis, it is recommended to being HAART a couple of weeks after starting treatment for CMV. There should be close monitoring of his response to HIV treatment as well as the treatment response to... Read more »

multiple drug resistance, poor response, cmv retinitis returns

I've been off antivirals now for 5 months, after genotype and phenotype show no viable combinations for me. Been through almost everything, resistant to most.CD4 is 34, vl is 433,000, and now CMV retinitis is reactivated. I'd like to avoid...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
No. CMV is a systemic disease, which means that virus can be found throughout the body, not just in the eye. Studies of the ganciclovir implant have demonstrated a real risk of disease elsewhere-- including the untreated eye-- because the only... 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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Johns Hopkins AIDS Service

The Cost of Prevention and Treatment of CMV Retinitis

The past several years have seen a greatly expanded arsenal of treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of CMV retinitis.In addition to intravenous foscarnet (Foscavir, Astra) and intravenous ganciclovir (Cytovene... Read more »
Johns Hopkins AIDS Service

Ophthalmology

The best news for patients with CMV retinitis came shortly before the XIInternational Conference on AIDS, when the FDA gave full approval to the use ofcidofovir (Vistide), a nucleotide analogue made by Gilead. Because of its longhalf-life,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Usted Puede Prevenir el CMV

La infección de CMV es muy común. Entre el 50 y el 85 por ciento de todos los estadounidenses contraen el CMV antes de llegar a los 40 años. El CMV puede causar retinitis (re-ti-ní-tis) en personas con el VIH, lo cual puede resultar en ceguera.... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Important STDS

Chancroid    Cytomegalovirus Infections    Molluscum Contagiosum Pubic ("Crab") Lice    Scabies    HTLV-I and II As medical science has become more precise in diagnosing infectious diseases, the list of known sexually transmitted... Read more »