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Toxoplasmosis

What Is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis (toxo) is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii . A parasite lives inside another living organism (the host) and takes all of its nutrients from the host. The most common illness caused by toxo is an infection of the brain (encephalitis). Toxo can also infect other parts of the body. Toxo can lead to coma and death. The risk of toxo is highest when your CD4 cell (T-cell) counts...
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Reactive Lymp Node and Toxoplasmosis

I had reactive Lymp Nodes in my shoulder surgically removed this weekend. The Dr. believes (still awaiting pathology report) that a toxoplasmosis was the cause. I do not have cats, but my children have 2 bearded dragons, one of which died this...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I don't know what a bearded dragon is, but if it's a reptile you can't get toxo from it-- however, you should handle the garbage with care (wear disposable gloves, wash your hands thoroughly) because reptiles carry other kinds of... Read more »

Friend died from PML

Hello, One of my best friends..32 years old..just died on Sunday of PML. I never heard of this until he stated getting sick a month ago and now he is gone. He is the same age as me..and although I take much better care of myself then he did..I am so...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
PML is caused by a virus. It usually is a serious problem for HIV+ persons with a CD4 count < 200 often < 50. Your HIV specialist should be able to discusw with you whether that is something you should be concerned with. Neither oral yeast... Read more »

Friend died from PML

Hello, One of my best friends..32 years old..just died on Sunday of PML. I never heard of this until he stated getting sick a month ago and now he is gone.He is the same age as me..and although I take much better care of myself then he did..I am so...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I am sorry to hear about your friend. PML is the acronym for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a brain infection caused by JC virus. It typically occurs in those with AIDS and very low CD4 counts. There is no test to diagnosis PML early,... Read more »

Would every HIVer die without meds?

Dear Dr. McGowan,I have assumed that everyone with HIV would die at some point, if meds weren't started. It made me wonder about something. Does everyone eventually die without meds? Are there some who never progress to AIDS? If so, do you...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your very thoughtful questions.Let me try to answer.We used to think that HIV would lie dormant for years and then pop up and cause disease and death. In the mid-90s we started to measure the level of HIV in the blood and found that in... Read more »
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Dying from AIDS for lack of medicine

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Dying from AIDS for lack of medicine

More than 36 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. Ninety percent are living in developing countries where the high prices of medications are effectively condemning them to death. Without drastic changes to...
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Toxoplasmosis

Posted by Anonymous
Just wondering if any of you have had, or known others who have had, toxoplasmosis. can you give me some information regarding long term effects in advanced infections?? Thank you soooo much! My email address is kalicrow@hotmail.com! thanks again!

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Tired of condemnation of those dying or have died

Posted by Anonymous
It has taken me five years to finally stand up to anyone who
has said or says "I should be quiet, don't cause a scene, etc."

Well, I'm no longer able to be quiet, sorry if it embarrasses my family and friends, my church, my pastor, my religion,... Read more »

Conscious Dying

Posted by Anonymous
Dying consciously can be the most beautiful, profound experience of our lives. When consciousness awakens beyond the veil, we laugh at how silly we were not to remember we are spiritual beings having human experiences and death is nothing to fear... Read more »