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How Can OIs Be Prevented

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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...
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Started Meds 3 Weeks ago, just got first lab results back

Hi Dr, I was diagnosed HIV+ 6 weeks ago after having some mild fatigue but no other symptoms. Clearly I have had the virus for awhile because I found that my CD4 count was 58 and my viral load was 1.5 million. 3 weeks ago I started meds on a...
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
Your response in 3 weeks would be considered somewhat better than average. Keep up the good work. Read more »

Low CD 4 Count

Hello Doctor,Thanks for this forum.I was diagnosed in January 2008. Had PCP and was in the hospital for a month due to complications ( collapsed lungs etc).January Viral load 358,000 CD4 count 20.By this June the Viral load has reached undetectable...
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
I am not to concerned. It sounds like you are doing all the right things. I suspect that the high of 139 also had a CD4% of about 3%. There will be some fluctuation in the absolute CD4 count. The CD4% is a more stable number over time. Read more »

Hep C an O.I.?

We are having a minor debate out here in San Francsico, I have read the answer in one of your postings, but dated Apr. 2000. Any change?The Question is simple: Is HCV considered an "AIDS defining illness", anOI, or both in persons also infected with...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Hep C is not considered an "AIDS-defining" illness, although it can certainly cause considerable health problems all on its own. It isn't truly an "OI", but rather a co-infection with HIV. An "OI" implies that the reason you have the infection is... Read more »

Falling CD4 count

I have a 78 year old patient who has done well on Combivir and Susutiva in terms of viral load whiich has been <50 copies for many months. The only problem is, his CD4 cell count is dropping. It is now 94. COuld you please advise.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
His thymus may have a hard time processing/producing CD4 cells. I sometimes try intensification with another drug (such as tenofovir), sometimes try a PI (for some reason a few patients seem to have a better CD4 count with PIs), try switching off... 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 »
HIV i-Base

Guide to HIV, Pregnancy and Women's Health

Introduction Introduction Background and General Questions Additional Info Mother's Health Is Best for Baby Protecting and Ensuring the Mother's Health Transmission Planning a Pregnancy Planning Your... Read more »
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... 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 »
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What to start with?!

Posted by Anonymous, 9 Replies
Hi. I'm just diagnosed with very poor labs (CD4 count 23, viral load 670,000), and am wondering what to start with? In my stiuation, I hear conflicting stories - some say start with Truvada/Sustiva, some say commence with Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir, as... Read more »

Late presenter......

Posted by Anonymous, 15 Replies
Hi. I have just been diagnosed in the last week. I had been feeling fairly rough the last few years, but I put it down to being severly overworked and having a few issues in my personal life. When I got my first set of meds, I was astonished. It... Read more »

BF needs a Job .. We need suggestions

Posted by cassiusp, 2 Replies
Hullo people, My bf is trying to change careers. he used to be a stylist and interpreter (spanish, portugese) but got ill with a few OI's last year. He recovered by Jan and is now looking for employment. He wants to work with a non profit AIDS... 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 »