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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

What Is MAC? How Do I Know if I Have MAC? How Is MAC Treated? Can MAC Be Prevented? Drug Interaction Problems The Bottom Line What Is MAC? Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) is a serious illness caused by common bacteria. MAC is also known as MAI ( Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare). MAC infection can be localized (limited to one part of your body) or disseminated (spread through your whole body, sometimes called DMAC). MAC...
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Finally showing some improvement

Hi Dr. HolodniyI wrote a few weeks ago expressing my concern than my CD4 count dropped from 78 to 72 after 8 weeks on Atripla, although my VL dropped from 58,000 to 75 and my CD4 percentage nudged up by 7%. You told me to be patient. Three...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Fabulous response and yes < 75 for that assay means undetectable. It sounds like you will be seen at a facility with a training program. It is perfectly acceptable to been seen by an ID fellow, provided you have access to the ID/HIV attending... Read more »

Doubting Thomas?? (MAC)

Hey there Dr. Bob!!Ciao bello, Tom here. I just wanted to say hello and see if you had time to respond to me. I have recently been dealing with fears of HIV. I tested via Home Access, and the result was negative. Woo-hoo-able, right? Not so fast. My...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Doubting Thomas,Your negative Home Access test, assuming it was done after the window period, is definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how.Have you skipped over the HIV diagnosis and progressed to AIDS with MAC?... Read more »

Re: Drop in CD4

Hi Doc BY,I havent got my viral load yet coz here in the Philippines they give priority to the patients with very low CD4 count before they run the viral load test. as for the description of my last test:Description Count CellCD3 800CD4 ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for the follow up note.If your counts are all down, this would be consistent with a general suppression of your white blood cells, and not necessarily a specific decrease in only your CD4s. Hence, I wouldn't worry much about... Read more »

What can I do about PML

I have been diagnosed with PML. I know there is no treatment and adhering to HIV meds is critical. Is there anything else I can do? I am so scared.
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.The absolutely best treatment for PML is CD4 cells-- hence getting on well chosen, well adhered-to HIV medications is the most important thing.It's worth mentioning that getting comprehensive HIV care is also important-- if you... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

You Can Prevent MAC (Disseminated Mycobacterium Avium Complex Disease)

What is Mycobacterium avium complex disease? Can children get MAC disease? What are the symptoms of MAC disease? How is MAC disease diagnosed? How do people get MAC disease? How can I avoid MAC disease? When should I get... Read more »
Project Inform

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Table of Contents Introduction Cause Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Side Effects Drug Interactions Cytokines Prevention Stopping Preventive Therapy Maintenance Therapy Children Pregnancy The Bottom Line 1999 Public... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

AIDS-Related MAC

What is MAC? Many people with HIV get sick with a disease called MAC. This page explains what MAC is. It also talks about medicines to help prevent and treat MAC disease -- and how you can help yourself stay healthy. MAC is short for ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Clarithromycin (Biaxin)

What Is Clarithromycin? Why Do People With HIV Take Clarithromycin? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Clarithromycin Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Clarithromycin React With Other Drugs? What Is Clarithromycin?... Read more »
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Hiding behind HIV

Posted by Magnet, 4 Replies
I write this question in the hope of gaining insight from both HIV positive gay men as well negative men in "magnetic partnerships". I only now discovered this term "magnetic", as it relates to my life! It can no longer be a twist of fate that my... Read more »

my name is chuck...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
hi my name is chuck and I have been hiv+ since feb 98. I went to the emergency room at the local hospital because of breathing problems. the diagnosis was pneumonia, thats when the aids test was... Read more »

More Evidence

Posted by Bear60
of the USA's mishandling of the HIV/AIDS funding is shown in this article: The New York Blade 12/09/2006 By VINCENT MACISAAC "I'M FRIGHTENED ENOUGH that talking to you makes me nervous," a senior official at an American health organization tells... Read more »

MAC IV Therapy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm thinking of stopping IV therapy for MAC....can anyone tell me if they've done that...and if so.....did you feel better or worse without the meds? My CD4+ cell count is still below 50.....the meds make me feel so awful I have to wonder if the MAC... Read more »