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Cryptococcal Meningitis

The Bottom Line Cryptococcal meningitis occurs most often in people with CD4 cell counts below 50. Although antifungal drugs can prevent cryptococcal meningitis, they are usually not used because of their high cost and the risk of developing drug-resistant yeast infections. If you get meningitis, early diagnosis might allow treatment with less toxic drugs. Contact your health care provider if you have headaches, a stiff neck, vision problems,...
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Hiv & Non-Hiv Related Meningitis

Dr. Young, I apologize that this isn't the appropriate forum for this question. However, I've noticed on this site and elsewhere that you have insight on the subject, so I'm hoping you might still provide a response. I'm also in...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.While HIV can cause a meningitis, if it occurs, it typically does in the setting of acute infection. Further, HIV symptoms typically are also associated with fever, rash or swollen lymph nodes. Since you had negative... Read more »

meningitis to hiv

Dear Dr. Horwath:My question is the relation with HIV and Meningitis. I had a fiance who passed 2 years ago from hiv/aids. the truth about how shw contracted the virus was never clearly given...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Cryptococcal meningitis is a specific type of fungal meningitis that is common in people with AIDS, and is caused by the weakening of the immune systems by HIV. HIV also makes people more susceptible to a variety of other infections, including... Read more »

Cryptococcal Meningitis and HIV

Hello, doctor: my husband was infected whith Cryptococcal Meningitis and I'm really concerned about his health. He's been under treatment for almost two years now and he refuses to show me his pack of pills. I know hes taking...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Stocrine is efavirenz which is a medicine used exclusively for HIV infection. Cryptococcal meningitis is an AIDS defining condition in someone who is HIV+. I would encourage you to either attend clinic with your husband or talk to a counselor at... Read more »

HIV neg Crypto Meningitis

Dear Dr. Feinberg:I am a gay physician whose partner is 45yo and just developed documented cryptococcal meningitis which responded quickly to Diflucan. He had never been previously ill, was never HIV+ and always practiced safe sex.He was found to...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
You can be HIV- and develop crypto meningitis if you encounter a heavy inoculum, or if you have some underlying immune deficiency, like lymphoma. Other diseases can change T cell counts and ratios, but the coincidence of all these things happening... Read more »
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Meningitis ARS Related?

Posted by lp77, 2 Replies
I'm SO scared. Okay here's my story I caught meningitis but Im worried it could be ARS. I recevied oral from a girl. We went to the movies and she gave me oral and I fingered her. I'm not clear if I fingered her then pull my penis out but im sure if... Read more »

aseptic meningitis

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

Hello I had sex with a female sex worker 2 weeks ago, it was protected sex but when i pulled out I didn't hold on to the base of the condom and it stayed up in side of her.

I have had bad headaches the last 5 days or so and I am really stressed. ... Read more »

My stepdad w/ meningitis

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm really in a sad mood now. About 7 months ago my stepdad was diagnosed with cryptoccocal meningitis. Someone who has always been free-spirited, outgoing and energetic..he's now just in and out of the hospital on so much medication it keeps him... Read more »

aseptic meningitis

Posted by uhohblita, 1 Reply
my psyciatrist said that aseptic meningitis gives you a neck so stiff that you cant move. so stiff that the person could lay on one chair and put their head on another separate chair and their body would remain stiffed and propped up on the chairs.... Read more »