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Cause Of OIs

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Opportunistic Infections

What Are Opportunistic Infections? Testing for OIs OIs and AIDS What Are the Most Common OIs? Preventing OIs Treating OIs What Are Opportunistic Infections? In our bodies, we carry many germs -- bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and viruses. When our immune system is working, it controls these germs. But when the immune system is weakened by HIV disease or by some medications, these germs can get out of control and cause health...
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are protease inhibitors the cause of lypoatrophy or is hiv

the same as title. is lypoatrophy a side effect of using protease inhibitors or is lypoatrophy a direct cause, oi, of being hiv positive. i am trying to determine whether the treatment providers have some responsibility for the costs of treating...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Fat loss (lipoatrophy) probably is multi-factorial so the answer is both. Aging, longer time with HIV, a lower CD4 count--those factors have been linked to fat loss. Certain HIV drugs (most notably D4T and AZT) have been linked to fat loss. Protease... Read more »

OI treatment coverage

Do employer provided health coverage plans ( like ppo )cover treatment for opportunistic infections ? It is very easy to figure out a correlation between OIs and HIV. Can an employer fire you just based on an HIV diagnosis ? How about if one has...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
We can't answer such general questions about what any particular employer's plan might cover, but it's safe to assume that treatment for an infection such as an OI would be covered. Yes, it's easy to figure out a connection, so to put your mind at... Read more »

Rate of Progression Question

My partner has been infected for 2 years and recently started taking medication about 3 months ago when his CD4 count dropped to about 200. He had his first test since taking the meds and his viral load is undetectable but his CD4 only went up to...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
The average response to ART is around 100 CD4 cell rise in the first year, but there is a wide range of responses. Your partner's response is a good one - 75 cells in the first 3 months is fine, and suggests that he may exceed the average.People... Read more »

what is an opportunistic infection?

Hello. I have a couple of questions. My first is, What, exactly, is an opportunistic infection? I mean, does the fact that I am HIV+ make any malady I may have (be it the flu or shingles or whatever)an O.I.? Also, as I did recently (several days...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
An OI is one of a group of specific illnesses that occurs in people with damaged immune systems -- essentially, the germ that causes the OI is taking advantage of your weakened immunity, hence the term. Shingles is not an OI per se, since it occurs... Read more »
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Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections

Introduction Opportunistic Infections and HIV Disease Preventing Infections in the First Place Treating Infections as They Occur Preventive Treatment for OIs Maintenance Therapy A Final Word on Strategies for Managing... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

The Basics CD4 Count and HIV CD4 Count and HIV Treatment CD4 Cell Test The Bottom Line The Basics Your immune system protects your body by fighting germs and infections.White blood cells are an important part of your immune... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

What Is Hepatitis? Viral Hepatitis Other Types of Hepatitis Medication Problems Alternative Approaches What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means an inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Viruses can cause hepatitis. Alcohol, drugs... Read more »
The Well Project

Considering HIV Treatment

Table of Contents Are You Ready? The Right Health Care Provider Knowledge About HIV A Positive Attitude Are You Ready? Treatment with HIV drugs can improve quality of life and help people living with HIV (HIV-positive people)... Read more »
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10 months of no answer symptoms described

Posted by Difficult, 4 Replies
So here goes, My horror filled story over 10 months ago, I engaged in penile vaginal sex I am a man, with an HIV positive sex worker (I found her 1 week later and asked her). during sex I was flaccid and there was cut on my penis, further the... Read more »

What are the symptoms of Kaposi's Sarcoma?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is it possible for a person to develop KS less than a year after infection? Here is my story. I had a risky encounter in November 05. Within 2 weeks I had tingling in my hands and feet (still do). I developed ringing in my ears and soreness... Read more »

10 years for symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
why do they always say it takes average of 10 years for symptoms ? From what I see symptoms start very early for alot of people. Read more »

To: DUDE.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
You seem to know a lot about the topic. Your explanation of the viral replication stuff makes perfect sense and even alleviates some of our concerns, given the fact that if we are young (most of us in this forum are) and havent had any major health... Read more »