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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 OIs Maintenance Therapy A Final Word on Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections List of AIDS-Defining OIs from the Centers for Disease Control Introduction HIV ( human immunodeficiency virus ) infects the cells of your body's immune system. It then impairs how...
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testing for opportunistic diseases after exposure to HIV+ blood?

dear dr. feinberg,as a high rish needle stick from a known hiv pt do i need further testing. i am at the 6 month mark and neg, but i am concerned about contracting other diseases. my employer is no help and i want to cover all my bases,so that when...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
If you are HIV- at 6 months, then no further testing for OIs is warranted.... 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 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... Read more »

Is hepC now considered an opportunistic infection in those with HIV?

Hi Dr., I just came across this on the web and wondered if it's true (considered an o.i.) and what do you think of calling it one? "Many HIV positive patients have 'stable' HIV disease due to the widespread use of HAART (highly...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Yes, it is true that we included hep C in the guidelines for treatment and prevention, but technically speaking, the definition of AIDS is set by the CDC and hep C is not included. That may be because the classic definition of an OI is an infection... Read more »
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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
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 »

I may have an opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm so grateful for this forum. I have not been diagnosed with HIV (yet?) but I did get a blood test today and will find out the results Friday (12/3). Here's why I'm concerned. Yesterday I went to my dentist for a routine teeth cleaning. I have... 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 »