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Cell Death From Cytomegalovirus

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Table of Contents Introduction How Is CMV Spread? How Do I Prevent CMV Infection? How Can I Tell If I Have CMV Infection? How Do I Prevent CMV Disease? Can I Ever Stop Preventive Therapy How Can I Tell if I Have CMV Disease? How Do You Treat CMV Disease? Concerns for Pregnant Women Concerns for Children Your CD4 Cell Counts How Can I Get the Medicines to Treat CMV? What About Resistance? What Research Is Being Done on...
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What are the signs and symptoms of cytomegalovirus?

"What are the signs and symptoms of cytomegalovirus?"...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus which most HIV-infected individuals have been exposed to, and which can reactivate and cause disease when you become immunosuppressed, almost always when your CD4 cell count has fallen below 50.The most common form... Read more »

t-cell "death"

hiv kills or takes over t-cells right? if so, their number decreases. so how does you t-cell count go up after being low. does the body make more t-cells? how do you suddenly have more t-cells after taking meds. ...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Great question. In fact, one that we do not completely understand. One potential explanation is that the body is always producing more T cells but they are being destroyed at the same time. Stop the destruction and there is the chance for them to... Read more »

T-cell count upon death

I am newly diagnosed and am learning all I can about being poz. I have a T-cell question: I have been told that when your T-cell count goes below 350 is when medication is commonly introduced. A 250 count is when it turns into AIDS. What is the...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
AIDS is usually defined by a CD4 count of < 200 or < 14%. The count at the time of death is a difficult question to answer today, nor one you should be concerned about. Natural history studies where patients did not receive effective HIV... Read more »

Scared to death; I'm getting a stem cell transplant.

Dr Dezube,Next week I start the Mobilization phase of the stem cell transplant, high dose cytoxan and neupogen. As i get closer to transplant i become more scared. I've read information and it scared the hell out of me. Have any of your own...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Your fear is completely understandable. Life does not prepare one for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. You're in good hands. Please share your concerns with the transplant team, as I am sure, they have many important support services... Read more »
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How will death come

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
Determined poz in Feb.04 with T-Cell of 12 and viral load of 148,000. Doing a little better Cell count is 54. I haven't told all of my family. definitely not my childen. Scared of rejection. I took a pneuemonia vacine; wish I hadn't. I can't... Read more »

HIV related AVN (Avascular Necrosis) - Bone Death

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been positive since 1987, but under treatment only since 1997. In July 1997, I was hospitalized with PCP, a viral load of 160,000,000 and a CD4 count of 8. Since the beginning of the treatment, my CD4 has risen to normal (even up to 969 at... Read more »

HIV related AVN (Avascular Necrosis) - Bone Death

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been positive since 1987, but under treatment only since 1997. In July 1997, I was hospitalized with PCP, a viral load of 160,000,000 and a CD4 count of 8. Since the beginning of the treatment, my CD4 has risen to normal (even up to 969 at... Read more »

Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV+

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Yet more reason to be cautious about use of HAART and to work on liver health by not drinking alcohol, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.

COMPLICATIONS OF HIV/HAART

Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV-Infected Patients After... Read more »