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Candidiasis Yeast Infection

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

The Bottom Line Candidiasis is a very common yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be...
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Chronic yeast infections of the mouth

How common is it for women to have a chronic(6 months)yeast infection of the mouth? The infection is both hard and soft palate and has been treated, without success, on two occasions by the drug Diflucan. What would you do next? could this be HIV...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The next step would be to try a higher dose of fluconazole (Diflucan) or another drug that can be used topically (Nystatin, Mycelex) or by mouth (itraconazole). If the candidiasis persists after that, it could be tested for drug resistance. This... Read more »

Systematic Candidiasis

I have had an overgrowth of yeast in my vaginal area for approximately 4 years and now it seems to have spread through my body...I don't have regular really bad yeast infections but my boyfriend has a constant jock itch. (we are both positive)....
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It may be that you and your boyfriend are trading yeast infections back and forth between you. You don't say whether either one of you is taking combination medicine for HIV. If you aren't, that may provide your body with enough of a... Read more »

About candidiasis

HI HAVE A NICE DAY AND MORE POWER TO YOU. COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT IS CANDIDIASIS AND WHATS THE SYMPTOMS. THANKS...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Candidiasis is a yeast infection that is commonly called "thrush" when it occurs in the mouth. It usually affects surfaces in HIV+s, like skin, the lining of the mouth or the esophagus, and the vagina. Symptoms depend on location but can... Read more »

Post antibiotical anal candidiasis with low CD4

Hello. In the last year, I suffered 2 episodes of anal candidiasis (lasting 2 weeks each), with intense itching in my anus, after taking antibiotics. Two months ago I tested positive for VIH and started on Atripla immediately. My CD4 were then 200....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Flare-ups of skin/mucousal yeast infections can happen during or after course of antibiotics. Other conditions can cause anal itching so a clinical evaluation is recommended. Often a topical or oral antifungal pill might be considered in situations... Read more »
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yeast infections

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have heard that recurring yeast infections are a sign of HIV positive status in women. I had a possible exposure 6 months ago, and since then, I had a yeast infection that would not go away for 2 months. then I had a break for 4 months, now I have... Read more »

CD4 & refractory candidiasis

Posted by Anonymous
Is there a strong correlation between CD4 and candida infections? If I can get my CD4 really high (say 1500) is there a chance my body will fight the infection off by itself? (because I'm resistant to all the meds)

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candidiasis

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My girlfriend is suffering with vaginal candidiasis.I read in many pages that it could be the first sign for HIV.She had a test for HIV and it was negative.Please give me some information, im worried for her and myself.Could the test be wrong and... Read more »

Erythematous Candidiasis?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Ok...about 3 1/2 weeks ago, I burnt my tongue. A week after that, I was eating chocolate, and noticed a pink mark on my tongue. Its been two more weeks, and I'm getting scared. My low risk experience was about a year and a half ago. Anyways,... Read more »