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How Can OIs Be Avoided

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AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

What Are Opportunistic Infections? Testing for OIs OIs and AIDS What Are the Most Common OIs? Preventing OIs Treating OIs What Are Opportunistic Infections? In our bodies, we carry many germs -- bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and viruses. When our immune system is working, it controls these germs. But when the immune system is weakened by HIV disease or by some medications, these germs can get out of control and cause health...
Ask the Experts

Can you treat OI's as they come up?

Dr Bob, my brother is HIV+ but refuses to go on HAART. He has never even tried it. I once tried to slip into his food but he found out and got very angry. He believes that he will feel better if we just keep treating each OI as they apper rather...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Lucy,I'm sorry to hear your brother is having so many medical problems at the moment and remains so resistant to trying HAART. He certainly seems inordinately worried about HAART side effects and not feeling well on antiretrovirals. However,... Read more »

The Greatest of these is LOVE...

I met warm, funny, caring man last summer. He has been HIV positive for 13 years aquired through IV drug use prior to diagnosis which was after he changed his life around for the better.This man is so special and he has faced so many...
Father Rodney J. DeMartini

Response from Father Rodney J. DeMartini

National Catholic AIDS Network
Dear friend, First of all, I want to assure you and you and your dear friend are very much in my prayers. I also want to encourage you in your deep love to be as clear and honest as you can with your friend. Let him know how scared and powerless... Read more »

Odds of Severe Side Effects vs. Odds of Developing OIs

Dear Doctor: With some horror, I have read on this website some of the possible side effects of anti-HIV meds. Particularly troubling is the occurrence of heart attacks and liver complications. I wonder, how does one balance the odds of developing a...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
While many of the posts on this and other sites are preoccupied with adverse effects of HIV therapies, serious side effects from these medications are rare. For instance, many are legitimately concerned about heart attacks secondary to combination... Read more »

Odds of Severe Side Effects vs. Odds of Developing OIs

Dear Doctor:With some horror, I have read on this website some of the possible side effects of anti-HIV meds. Particularly troubling is the occurrence of heart attacks and liver complications. I wonder, how does one balance the odds of developing...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
This is the key question: given that, in most cases, the treatment for HIV infection will be a life-long affair once it is started...WHEN TO START???Well...this would be when the benefits of treatment (avoiding disease progression or death)... Read more »
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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 »
Brown Medical School

Prevention of Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in Those With HIV Infection

Prior to the availability of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), most patients with HIV infection could expect to experience a fairly predictable and inexorable decline in their CD4 count. Once a patient's CD4 count declines significantly,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Salvage Therapy

What Is Salvage Therapy? How Can You Avoid Salvage Therapy? When Does Someone Need Salvage Therapy? What Is a "Holding Regimen"? Getting Access to New Drugs The Bottom Line What Is Salvage Therapy? Antiretroviral therapy (ART)... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

Table of Contents What Is HIV? What Is AIDS? What Is the Difference Between HIV and AIDS? How Do I Know if I Have HIV? Do I Need to Get Tested for HIV? Why Should I Get Tested? What Tests Are Available? Where Can I Get Tested? ... Read more »
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Helping a Friend

Posted by Anonymous
I want to help my friend he wants to avoid OIs and do it the alternative way can anyone here guide me ? Read more »

WHO guidelines/ WBC count/ OI's

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Questions: 1. Does anyone know what is WHO window period guidelines? 2. Do WBC count drop during primary infections - say like 10 days - 2 weeks post infection. By WBC count drop, does it mean total leucocyte count or only lymphocytes count. This I... Read more »

What is longest period of time HIV+ without...

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...progression to AIDS? Read more »

How long do I have?

Posted by SaltyWater, 4 Replies
if a 25 year old person has recently been diagnosed with HIV, Not on meds yet with a CD4 of 455 (have a cold at the moment, so thats why it may be low) How long can I expect to live, I know noone can ever say, Mr X you will live for X amount of... Read more »