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How Do I Treat Opportunistic Infections

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Preventing Other Infections

...most important measure of your immune system's health. When it's high, you're in good shape. But when it's low, you're at risk for developing a number of potentially dangerous illnesses. These illnesses are generally known as "opportunistic infections," or OIs for short. Are You At Risk? The danger zone for your CD4 count is around 200. If your CD4 count goes below this level (or your CD4 percentage dips below 14%), your doctor may...
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i started treatment with low cd4, high viral load and 2 opportunistic infections (AIDS diagnosis). can i expect the same effect of treatment as a person that starts treatment when hiv positive without AIDS?
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...certainly best to diagnose HIV before one has symptoms of AIDS; however, the most important thing is to get treated for the opportunistic infections and then plugged into out patient care. Most people will do very well on therapy regardless of... Read more »

20 years hiv

1986.. And now 51 non drinker non smoker healthy till just lately.. I have thrush.. I had all my teeth capped and the antibiotics for that and 3 root canals. So I blamed it on that.. But now it has come back now for my 4 time.. I have been on...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post.Actually both you and your doctor are right. Treating an opportunistic infection often will influence your CD4 count; which way isn't clear, though. Some patients counts go up, Read more »

HELP URGENT Anemia in the hospital

Dear Dr. Bob:My partner is in currently in the hospital for four days now with probable CMV and possible residual PCP infection. Two months ago, his initial CD4 10 & vl 52,000. He has been on HAART for exactly one month. His white count is rapidly...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,I'm glad your partner is getting the intensive care he needs to treat not only his HIV, but also the related problems - opportunistic infections and anemia.His anemia is severe and most likely the result of multiple overlapping causes... Read more »

Cost of Rx vs Benefit

I come from South Africa and the topic of HIV-Aids has become a hotly debated issue. The issue of toxicity of drugs and astronomical cost to the economy has been on of the justifiable arguments for not treating patients with Antiretroviral drugs. ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...the price of HIV therapy can be reduced by 90-95% (which I think is very possible) then it clearly becomes cost effective to treat HIV before people get sick so thay can continue to work and don't run up hospital bills. This is a very important... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and HIV Medicine Association/Infectious Diseases Society of America

Treating Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and CDC have developed guidelines for treatment of opportunistic infections (OIs) among adults and adolescents infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These... 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 »
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 »
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... 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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers. People diagnosed with AIDS may get life-threatening diseases called opportunistic infections, which are caused by microbes such as viruses or bacteria that usually do not make healthy people... Read more »

Call for meds for Guatemala

Posted by Anonymous
...Sustiva (Efavirens) Neurontin 300 y 400 mg We welcome all donations of anti-retrovirals and other medicines used to=2 treat opportunistic infections associated with AIDS. The medicines are=20 donated to the Luis Angel Garc=EDa Family Clinic in... Read more »

HIV-Negative AIDS?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...patients, Non-HIV AIDS patients exhibit reduced numbers of CD4+ T-lymphocytes, and many Non-HIV AIDS patients have developed the opportunistic infections or otherwise rare cancers associated with AIDS. Non-HIV AIDS patients may comprise perhaps... Read more »