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Common Mycobacterium Avium Complex Symptoms

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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Can MAC Be Prevented? The bacteria that cause MAC are very common. It is not possible to avoid being exposed. The best way to prevent MAC is to take strong antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Even if your CD4 cell count drops very low, there are drugs that can stop MAC disease from developing in up to 50% of people. The antibiotic drugs azithromycin, rifabutin and clarithromycin have been used to prevent MAC. These drugs are usually prescribed...
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MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM

MY DAUGHTER HAS AN INFECTED LYMPH NODE, THEY ARE NOW SAYING IT IS MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM. ALL THE INFO I FIND IS RELATED TO AIDS/ HIV, CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY THAT IS NOT?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Lympadenitis due to M. avium complex occurs in children and is not related to an immunedeficiency, and is not like the MAC infections that oxccur in AIDS. You can find the information you're looking for in a pediatric infectious diseases... Read more »

Mycobacterial Avium Intrra Cellulare complex

I have had a persistant cough for about 13 months, after switching doctors due to insurance changing, my dr. did a sputem test and it came back postive for Mycobacterial Avium Intrra Cellulare complex. After doing research I have found this is...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Mycobacterium avium (MAC) is a common infection among persons with HIV as you point out, but like many symptoms that we get questions about here at the forum, MAC infections aren't only restricted to persons who are... Read more »

mycobacterium avium complex

Dear Doctor,I would like to know the answer to my question ; what isthe connection between HIV/AIDS and TB? An acquaintanceof mine had an acid- fast-bacilli sputum culture done and the results were mycobacterium avium complex. Negativefor TB. I...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
While Mycobacterium avium is considered an HIV related infection it can also infect people who do not have HIV- it can cause lung disease in people with underlying lung diseases and can also sometimes be a comtaminant- and not really cause any... Read more »

mycobacterium avium complex

Hello, my brother has colon cancer and he also has full blown aids and now doctors have told our family that he has the mac I am not too clear as to what this disease mean and is their a cure for this as well will it complicate what he is currently...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question.There is a lot on TheBody about MAC infection (Mycobacterium avium complex) (do a quick search, you'll find more). In short, MAC is a bacterial infection that affects the lymph nodes, blood stream and bone marrow of... Read more »
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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Posted by Anonymous
Good day! I just found out that I have some bacteria in my blood. I'm low with t4cell at 1 so my doctor says that I have MAC. I wanted to know if anyone has experience this and has anyone gotten better. This could explain my many symptoms... Read more »

Stopping Therapy for Mycobaterium Avium Infection

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
Within the past month and a half, my partner has become sick. He has consistantly [consisted] tested negative for HIV. He has been diagnosed with a mycobacterium avium infection in his bone marrow. Unfortunately the treatment looks pretty harsh from... Read more »

initial symptoms of hiv - most common symptoms

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What are common symptoms of serconversion?

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When someone is seroconvering , what are the typical symptoms? tiredness? vomiting? nausea? diarrhea? Do you feel like your body is going crazy on you? 1000 different pains here and there or ??????? Any input from the Pro's would be appreciated..... Read more »