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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 problems. ...
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Opportunistic infections

Dear Doctor,I am getting crazy, please help. My last CD4 count is 1029 and CD4/CD8 ratio is 1.81. But, I am getting opportunistic infections such as athlete's foot and leukoplakia on tongue.What is wrong with me?thanks....
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
The issue here is terminology. For example, fungal infections between your toes ("athlete's foot") is not an opportunistic infection and is seen at any CD4 count (with or without HIV infection). Whereas other types of fungal... Read more »

Diagnosing opportunistic diseases with blood tests

If you have an opportunistic infection such as CMV or any other, would a CBC, Blood Chemistry, Cholesterol or any blood test, other than a specific HIV test, detect them?Secondly, these CD counts you refer to, are they measured in a CBC or just HIV...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. Tests like CBC's (Complete Blood Counts), blood chemistry tests, and so forth, are very general screening tests, and are not used to diagnose any particular disease. For example, these tests by themselves cannot... Read more »

Opportunistic Infection

WHAT IS AN OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTION?...
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
The term opportunistic infection is used to describe infections that occur in people who have deficiencies in their immune system- it is opportunistic because these infections take advantage of the "defect" in the host.-JC... Read more »

opportunistic infection

What is an opportunistic infection?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
One that takes advantage of a weakened immune system to cause disease.... Read more »
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Opportunistic Infections??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had a risky situation approx 2 years ago. I have been relatively healthy since then but have become overcome with thoughts of hiv. Is it possible to have an opportunistic infection without having other symptoms. I have never had a fever, night... Read more »

Esophagitis as opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am wonering if anyone can tell me if Esophagitis can occur within 1st year of acquiring HIV infection. Please, I am extremely scared and I would appericiate an answer.

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Nate Read more »

Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would you say that a reoccuring itchy rash on the lower back/base of spine (large(ish), flat, red and very itchy) 5-6 months after possible exposure (protected vaginal sex with a sex worker) was anything to worry about? I have shown my Doctor and... Read more »

Could i be having an opportunistic infection

Posted by bmkm, 3 Replies
Hi. I had protected vaginal sex with a stranger in Sep 2011. At that time i had my finger in her vagina. 6-7 weeks after that i was in Hospital for muscle breakdown which was caused due to untreated undiagnosed HypoThyroid. When at Hospital they... Read more »