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Cmv Retinitis And Hiv

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AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...blindness unless treated. CMV can spread throughout the body and infect several organs at once. The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells. The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an inflammation of the retina. Patients may also notice light flashes, decreased or distorted vision, or blind...
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retinitis during acute infection???

Dear Dr. Bob,About 6 weeks ago I had sex with a girl and have had symptoms like an acute hiv infection since the next day. I tested negative for ELISA and undetectable for hiv RNA-PCR after 17 days. I dont know if im hiv+ or not (will find out in a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Is it possible to get CMV retinitis during acute HIV infection? No. It is not. CMV retinitis related to HIV is an opportunistic infection that occurs only when the Read more »

cmv reactivated

Dr. Keith i would like to ask, if for the first few months of taking arv meds i did pretty well-gained weight and cmv retinitis resolving, but after another few months- then my cmv retinitis reactivated and flare up again, does this mean that the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...still seen. If the CD4 count is low (ie < 50) and doesn't respond well to HIV control then risk for AIDS complications such as CMV retinitis remains. Also, there can be flare-ups of AIDS complications due to immune reconstitution after starting... Read more »

support for people with CMV/blindness

Hello,I would like to know if there is a group or organization for people with CMV Retinitis who suffered blindness as a result of complications from HIV. Can you help point me toward any specific types of support that you would recommend? I live in...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I am unaware of any specific organization/support group in Miami for persons with CMV retinitis. Your ophthalmologist or HIV specialist or local HIV community organization might have some ideas for you. Any ideas from readers Read more »

HIV and CMV (CMV)

Hi...My dad has been HIV+ for about 9 years now. He was diagnosed with ALL last year (which at this moment is currently in remission). He is currently taking maintence chemo pills and Atripla for his HIV. He was just told he has CMV. Is he in the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oral Valganciclovir as Effective as IV Ganciclovir in Treating CMV Retinitis in AIDS Patients

...progression of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in AIDS patients. Valcyte is the first orally administered therapy approved for CMV retinitis and is converted to ganciclovir in the body. CMV is a member of the herpesvirus family that in the... Read more »
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

OI Prophylaxis and Treatment in the Era of HAART

...patients. Dr. Francesca Torriani and her colleagues at the University of San Diego have stopped anti-CMV therapy in patients who had CMV retinitis, and only one of 11 has recurred to date. Dr. Judy Aberg at the University of California at San... Read more »
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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Improved Treatment of CMV Retinitis

...the most feared opportunistic pathogens. The daily intravenous infusions that were once required to slow the progression of CMV retinitis exacted a heavy toll, both in dollars and in quality of life, and patients were justly apprehensive about... Read more »
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support groups for people with CMV and blindness?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hey everybody, I'm living in Miami Beach in Florida, and have CMV Retinitis. I was wondering if anybody out there knows of, or might want to start, a support group or organizations for people with CMV Read more »

cmv retinitis

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Does anyone know if you could have CMV retinitus for years without showing any other signs of HIV or AIDS? I have read that it comes in the later stages, and I have had the symptoms for years but otherwise feel o.k Read more »

HIV / AIDS DOCS

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...What kinds of AIDS complications do you see? Suprunenko: Tuberculosis is number one, toxoplasmosis, esophageal candidiasis, CMV retinitis and pneumocystis. With regard to antiretroviral therapy, we see peripheral neuropathy and lactic acidosis... Read more »

floaters ,floaters and more floaters

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...them and they are like quite bad when i look at something bright like sunlight or snow,well i have tested neg at 4 months for hiv 1-2,also took test for hiv 1 again,neg,my question is can hiv 2 cause these floaters,also i have low grade feaver... Read more »