Can Cytomegalovirus Cause Miscarriage

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

... What Is CMV? How Is CMV Treated? Can CMV Be Prevented? How Do I Choose a Treatment for CMV? The Bottom Line What Is CMV? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an opportunistic infection. The virus is very common. Between 50% and 85% of the US population tests positive for CMV by the time they are 40 years old. A healthy immune system keeps this virus in check. When the immune defenses
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Cd4 drops tremendously but VL remains undetectable after miscarriage and myomectomy

Dear Dr,In Feb, I changed my meds from combivir/sustiva to combivir/aluvia because I wanted to get pregnant. In March I did my blood tests and cd4 was 478 and my VL was undetectable. After 3 months pregnancy, the doctor realized that I had a...
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
You don't indicate what the CD4 percent was during this time and whether the CD4% has dropped at all. My suspicion is that given your continued undetectable viral load, the CD4 count drop may be real as a result of surgery and not because your HIV... Read more »

ARV's and miscarriage (spontaneous abortion)

Has there been any reseach done on the rates of miscarriage in women who are on ARV's when they conceive and women who conceive and then start drug therapy? Is there a correlation between ARV's and miscarriage?Thanks for your help
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is somewhat conflicting data about whether protease inhibitors may have some negative effect on pregancies. Overall the benefits of HIV therapy to the mom and baby far outweight the low reported rate (reaching close to general population) of... Read more »


hello docs. ? have been hiv +for two yrs and recently found out that i am pegnant, since diagnosed i have been on viracept and combivir and doing well. right now i am 10wks and with no fetal h/b. second u/s there is no fetus even there. ? is this...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Antiretroviral therapies have not been studied in the first trimester of pregnancy; this is an extremely vulnerable time for the fetus and many women choose not to receive therapy during the first trimester; we do know that the majority of maternal... Read more »


I was wondering if I could get cytomegalovirus from oral sex and if I can than what are my chances of getting CMV disaese? I have all the symtoms for CMV and I've been tested for mono and hepatitis and they have both tested negative. I am getting...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...CMV is an infection that most people get when they are infants so the higher likelihood is that you already had it. Sometimes patients Read more »
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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...Medicines to Treat CMV? What About Resistance? What Research Is Being Done on CMV? The Bottom Line Introduction Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus. It can infect people of all ages, including unborn babies. Once a person... Read more »
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Opportunistic Infections

...and "test positive" for it, even though you don't have the disease. For example, almost everyone with HIV tests positive for Cytomegalovirus (CMV). But it is very rare for CMV disease to develop unless the CD4 cell count drops below 50, a sign of... Read more »
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Immune Restoration Syndrome

...or IRIS. It may occur in about 20% of people starting ART. How Was the Syndrome Identified? Several patients developed cytomegalovirus (CMV) after they started HIV treatment. See Fact Sheet 504 for more information on CMV. In some... Read more »
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Hepatitis: Overview

...can also cause hepatitis. So can opportunistic infections such as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC, see Fact Sheet 514 ) or Cytomegalovirus (CMV, see Fact Sheet 504 ). Hepatitis is a very common disease. It can affect people even if their... Read more »