The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Hiv And Opportunistic Infection Management

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

... Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV-Positive People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system , HIV targets and infects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us from illnesses. These are a type
Ask the Experts


Hi, My father was diagnosed with Throat Cancer in lymph nodes year ago and treatment had gone well and it was well in control. But the infection's started to occur in his mouth and this had doctor's check for him for HIV. And the dreaded news came...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...allow him time to heal up from his various opportunistic complications. Antiretroviral therapy and prophylaxis against common opportunistic infections, while treating the infections and malignancies identified so far, should be step one. Close... Read more »

Opportunistic infection thresholds

In the past, I have seen charts that show CD4 counts along side the most common oi's. Could you let me know at which points is an HIV+ person most vulnerable to which oi's or guide me to a chart in a book or on the web?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...textbooks like Mandell or Bartlett; HIV textbooks like Textbook of AIDS Medicine or AIDS Therapy; and John Bartlett's Medical Management of HIV Infection (known as the Hopkins Handbook). Many websites (including The Body) should have this as... Read more »


i started treatment with low cd4, high viral load and 2 opportunistic infections (AIDS diagnosis). can i expect the same effect of treatment as a person that starts treatment when hiv positive without AIDS?
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...certainly best to diagnose HIV before one has symptoms of AIDS; however, the most important thing is to get treated for the opportunistic infections and then plugged into out patient care. Most people will do very well on therapy regardless of... Read more »

Opportunistic infections with HIV

What explains the differences in the incidence of opportunistic infections in clients with HIV?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
No one knows for certain but it's probably due to inherent differences in the disease-causing ability ("pathogenicity") of the organism. TB is virulent enough to cause disease in people with normal immune systems, but another mycobacterium, MAC,... Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

U.S. Updates Clinical Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children

...of America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the PediatricInfectious Disease Society. The new guidelines apply to 23 opportunistic infectious diseases. A panel ofmore than 30 government and non-government pediatric HIV and infectious... Read more »
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Releases Updated Clinical Guidelines for HIV-Associated Opportunistic Infections

... The first complete update in five years of the U.S. guidelines for preventing and treating HIV-associated opportunistic infections has been released by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in... Read more »
Project Inform

Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections

... Introduction Opportunistic Infections and HIV Disease Preventing Infections in the First Place Treating Infections as They Occur Preventive Treatment for Read more »
American Association for World Health

Fact Sheet: Treating HIV/AIDS

...Skipping a dose of the drugs may enable HIV to mutate into a drug-resistant strain, resulting in a worsening of the disease. Opportunistic Infections Opportunistic infections are conditions that often affect people with compromised immune... Read more »
Connect With Others

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. Thanks, Nate Read more »

Opportunistic Infections??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...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 sweats or other syptoms on the... Read more »

Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...up. He was unaware of my dodgy sexual encounter. The lab results from a skin scrape were inconclusive. If he didn't mention HIV does that mean that he couldn't have thought it was anything to do with it? Also, how long after infection with HIV... Read more »

Confusion & Conflict when it comes to HIV and AIDS

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
...spread and the evidence was affirmed to us through people who did not get sick. The above methods were used to aid in healing opportunistic infections as well as addressing the side effects of the drugs when pharmaceuticals became available. ... Read more »