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High T-cell And Toxoplasmosis

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Toxoplasmosis

What Is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis (toxo) is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii . A parasite lives inside another living organism (the host) and takes all of its nutrients from the host. The most common illness caused by toxo is an infection of the brain (encephalitis). Toxo can also infect other parts of the body. Toxo can lead to coma and death. The risk of toxo is highest when your CD4 cell (T-cell) counts...
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Toxoplasmosis with CD4 count of 340 and Undetectable VL?

I was recently released from the hospital and am being treated for toxoplasmsosis. I am HIV-positive, but I have a CD4 count of 340, and my viral load has been undetectable for several years. I just ask, how could this happen? I've done...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
We are used to a threshold of 200 CD4 cells/ml for the development of the most severe opportunistic infections (OIs), but in fact there is a range of CD4 cell counts at which OIs such as toxoplasmosis (toxo) occur, and it can exceed 200 cells, and,... Read more »

toxoplasmosis treatment

I would like to know which is the actual treatment of cerebral toxoplasmosis and how long is it?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
If the person with toxo has HIV/AIDS, then treatment is lifelong-- unless the person has an excellent response to anti-HIV therapy with a big and sustained increase in CD4 cells. In that case, many experts might consider stopping chronic... Read more »

toxoplasmosis with negative antibody?

A few years ago I was told that I had toxoplasmosis-Recently I was given an a test to see if I had toxo-antibodies and the test was negative-when I was diagnosed when I had twelve t-cells-Is this why I never developed anti bodies?- or is it possible...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Sometimes if a person's immune system is sufficiently damaged, s/he may not react normally and produce antibodies to a given germ. In my experience, a negative toxoplamosis antibody is not really reliable to make a diagnosis of toxo when the... Read more »

Encefalic Toxoplasmosis Infection

My partner is HIV infected with viral charge in 220.000 and CD4 in 85. He had fever for 13 day before the diagnosis of Encephalic Toxoplasmosis by RM. He had 1 week of Clindamycin IV and 3 weeks with oral treatment (all 900 mg/8 h and pyrimethamine...
Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California Berkeley & San Francisco
Clindamycin (900 mh every 8 hours) and pyrimethamine are proven initial therapies for Toxoplasmosis. Clindamycin is usually used for people who are allergic to sulfa, when there is no sulfa allergy we use sulfadiazine instead of clindamycin. The... Read more »
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Toxoplasmosis

Posted by Anonymous
Just wondering if any of you have had, or known others who have had, toxoplasmosis. can you give me some information regarding long term effects in advanced infections?? Thank you soooo much! My email address is kalicrow@hotmail.com! thanks again!

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High VL/High CD4: what to do?

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
Hi from Italy.
I'm HIV+ since Feb 00 and I discovered my status in June.
Since then I have regularly checked my situation having always high VL (from 60K to 240K) and high CD4 (from 750 to 1000).
My last analysis are VL: 200K and CD4: 907.
My doctor is... Read more »

white blood cells

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
does anyone know if it is possible to show a decrease in white blood cells only a few days after hiv infection, or would this occur later? i know that such a decrease can be a result of several infections--does anyone know what some of the others... Read more »

Low t-cell

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
T-cells 350 to 300 to 250 to 200 over 3 years! Negative tests! Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read more »