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Cytomegalovirus Encephalitis

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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 »

Did HIV cause my viral encephalitis?

I was digonsed in aug of this yr with hiv,i was in the hospital because of a viral encephalitis,c.c.u for 4 days coma for 2 days,my cd4 count was 325 vl 48000.One doctor said i was recently infected within 6 months,my follow up doctor said ive been...
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
Timing of infection is difficult, particularly when there are no previous negative tests to calibrate timing. Although acute HIV infection can sometimes be accompanied by meningitis, encephalitis would be rare. It is much more likely that another... Read more »

Does Famciclovir help in herpes encephalitis

Is famciclovir effective against herpes simplex enciphalitis, I am taking ketorol, Alprazolam, atripla and famciclovir. Is this combination safe. Thank you doctor....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Generally the drug of choice for suspected or confirmed herpes encephalitis is IV acyclovir. Data on use of oral famciclovir, used for mucocutaneous herpex, for encephalitis is limited. KH... Read more »

Telling my 2 kids, ages 11 and 5. I have HIV encephalitis

I told my eldest son I had HIV when he was 15. I was very ill at the time with HIV causing my brain to swell. He stopped talking to me, saying it was too much for him to take. I am living with HIV and I need to tell my two youngest children that I...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
I'm sorry to hear of your condition and your eldest son's reaction to your disclosure. In general, I feel it's important to include children in discussions of their parent's serious health concerns, provided that they are... Read more »
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HIV+ and Encephalitis of the Brain

Posted by malias90, 1 Reply
I started meds 2 weeks ago (Truvada & Viramune) due to having 2 seizures since February 2005 and specifically abnormal spinal fluid (abundance of white blood cells), EEG irregularities (2nd seizure happened during EEG) and being HIV+. I have no... Read more »

concerned on many issues

Posted by malias90, 1 Reply
I was diagnosed with Encephalitis. I have no memory of childhood and forward. Has anyone or who you have known had HIV Encephalitis w/severe memory loss. A research group doing HIV and Neuropsychological and the effect HIV has on the brain, anyone... Read more »

CMV research

Posted by JamieLEE
What is Cytomegalovirus, (CMV)?

CMV is a common virus that infects most people at some time during their lives but rarely causes obvious illness. It is a member of the herpes virus family. Other members of the herpes virus family cause chickenpox,... Read more »

Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Posted by Anonymous
AIDS, Hepatitis C, BSE:
Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Claus Khnlein, Germany

English translation and English edit by Jrgen Faas, Kathy McMahon and Fintan Dunne. With kind permission by the
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