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Can Opportunistic Infections Kill You

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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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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 »

Meds or Hiv Kill ?

Seems like the info now says not ten years extended lifespan but more like twenty. Are the medications actually responsible for more deaths than opportunistic infections? Seems that if you are on heavy medication ($) you may live a longer lousy life...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,What bizarre questions!You claim that "info" now says the HIV lifespan has been extended from ten to twenty years and then ask if "the medications are actually responsible for more deaths than opportunistic infections????"... 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 »

opportunistic infection

What is an opportunistic infection?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
One that takes advantage of a weakened immune system to cause disease.... 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.

Thanks,
Nate Read more »

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 »