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Can You Die From Mac

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mac without aids

My father died of mac a year ago. He did not have aids. How could he have gotten it and how common is it for a non-aids patients to get mac.
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
HIV-s can get MAC although that does not happen often. The germ is in soil and water throughout the environment, so it is not hard to come into contact with it. Typically HIV-s with MAC also have chronic lung disease of some kind which makes them... Read more »

MAC survival rates

My partner was diagnosed with AIDS in November of 2000. He had symptoms for almost 2 years, but... Read more »

Disseminated Mac

My daughter has Mac infection. She has 0 cd-4 and her viral load has exceded 100,000. She has been... Read more »
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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

What Is MAC? How Do I Know if I Have MAC? How Is MAC Treated? Can MAC Be Prevented? Drug Interaction Problems The Bottom Line What Is MAC? Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) is a serious illness caused by common bacteria. MAC is... Read more »
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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Table of Contents Introduction Cause Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Side Effects Drug Interactions Cytokines Prevention Stopping Preventive Therapy Maintenance Therapy Children Pregnancy The Bottom Line 1999 Public... Read more »
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The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

Background The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional... Read more »
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Clarithromycin (Biaxin)

What Is Clarithromycin? Why Do People With HIV Take Clarithromycin? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Clarithromycin Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Clarithromycin React With Other Drugs? What Is Clarithromycin?... Read more »
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Survival Time

Posted by ScotCharles, 2 Replies
I have come to realize that posting an average survival time of thirteen years for people on meds with clinical aids was misunderstood by many of you. Let me qualify that post. First the average describes survival for people with clinically... Read more »

AIDS research losing its steam

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Almost twenty years and still no cure or effective treatment (most are too toxic). I think there needs to be a new approach to this mess. What do you think? Read more »