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How Do I Take Care Of Mac

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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Can MAC Be Prevented? The bacteria that cause MAC are very common. It is not possible to avoid being exposed. The best way to prevent MAC is to take strong antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Even if your CD4 cell count drops very low, there are drugs that can stop MAC disease from developing in up to 50% of people. The antibiotic drugs azithromycin, rifabutin and clarithromycin have been used to prevent MAC. These drugs are usually prescribed...
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MAC Mass in Bowel w/severe swelling

I've had MAC now for about 6 years with several hospitalizations (two visits I was told I would not survive). I have severe edema in my stomach, ankles & legs and have been on every treatment known. Now, unfortunately I have a mass larger...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I don't know of any specific trials for MAC right now, but you could check The Body as well as the ACTIS website (among others) to see if there is anything available. It isn't entirely clear why no one will operate on you -- is it certain... 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 »

Severe anemia and MAC

Dear Dr,My daughter is 25 years old and is at end stage AIDS. She is now living with her father about 50 miles away. I see her every week. It is so sad to see her wasting away. She is a beautiful girl at 140 pounds. She is now at 119. She has had 3...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Concerned Mom,Your daughter's problems are complex - advanced-stage AIDS, wasting, MAC, and now, severe anemia. She needs to be under the care of a knowledgeable and compassionate AIDS specialist. I do not know where you are living, but I... Read more »


I developed swollen lymph nodes (left of chin & under chin). After searching, I found a great ID doctor who referred me to an ENT surgeon who ordered a CAT scan, did needle biopsy, CAT scan showed lymph nodes (no surprise) & office needle...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Treatment of MAC and management of MAC-related IRIS is frustrating (often lots of drugs needed). With your improving CD4 count hopefully your IRIS/MAC condition will stabilize and improve and perhaps you wont need to be on treatment too long once... Read more »
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MAC. & low cd-4

Posted by danni, 3 Replies
i am terrified, i just learned that i have mac. my viral load is 87,000, my cd-4; only 14. my doc. did start meds for me, but i can't get past the fear that it's too late. with my blood counts, is mac, a sure death sentence? i appreciate any... 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 »

Mac infection

Posted by FurryAquaMammal, 2 Replies
So, going on 5 months of detection. Need some insight in to dealing with MAC infection. I have a good team of docs, but need some insight into what to expect. Swollen nodes in my neck, been on antibiotics to treat it for over a month now, surgery... Read more »

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Posted by Anonymous
Good day! I just found out that I have some bacteria in my blood. I'm low with t4cell at 1 so my doctor says that I have MAC. I wanted to know if anyone has experience this and has anyone gotten better. This could explain my many symptoms... Read more »