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How Do I Know If I Have Opportunistic Infections

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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

Help! I am having opportunistic infections

Dr. Conway:Are ARS symptoms lasting for more than 5 weeks and can they come gradually? I have started having a sore throat and white tongue 3 weeks after unprotected vaginal contacts with a HIV+ male, after that I had muscle and joint pains for the...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Dear Anna:The symptoms you describe can be seen with acute HIV infection but are certainly not specific for it. Your doctor is right that the negative HIV antibody test at this stage is a good sign. You might consider having a test for HIV itself... Read more »

Top three Opportunistic infections

I am doing a project for school and need to know what the three main opportunistic infections that cause death in AIDS patients are.
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Do some research by starting at www.cdc.gov. I already wnet to school and learned how to research reports, and you need to learn that too. Good luck! 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 »

Explain opportunistic infection

Is it true that if you are experiencing an opportunistic infection at the time you are tested, ex) thrush and your results are negative, that the reason of the infection is not HIV. Thanks!!!
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Some people may have very low T cells soon after they are infected and may get an OI because of the low T cells but may not yet developed a positive HIV test. The HIV test depends on your body making proteins (antibodies) that recognize HIV, and it... Read more »
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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

...diseases. These diseases, which ordinarily do not cause problems for people with fully functioning immune systems, are known as opportunistic infections. HIV-associated opportunistic infections are a leading cause of hospitalization and death... 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 »
San Francisco General Hospital

Highlights of the 5th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

...The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, which attracts more than 3,000 experts on HIV disease from around the globe, has come to be regarded as the most important scientific Read more »
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 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 »

Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would you say that a reoccuring itchy rash on the lower back/base of spine (large(ish), flat, red and very itchy) 5-6 months after possible exposure (protected vaginal sex with a sex worker) was anything to worry about? I have shown my Doctor and... Read more »

I may have an opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...abnormality in my white blood cell count as of Feb., but that wasn't a certainty. I checked 2 AIDS web sites for descriptions of opportunistic infections that suggest the onset of aids, but saw nothing that matched what I have. My ex-partner... Read more »