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How Do You Prevent OIs

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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 of white blood cell called CD4 cells . HIV takes over CD4 cells and turns them into virus...
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Re: educated guess

thanks for your answer to my questions about possible infection time.Saw ID doc within days of the bad numbers. Put on Trizavir 2x day, viracept 2x day, and smx/tmp? to prevent OI's.Been on the meds 5 weeks, feeling very good, bloodwork tommorrow.
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Thank you for the follow-up. I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Read more »

Declining white blood cells

Dear Doctor: Hello from Europe. Let me share with you my numbers: 34 y.o. male, probably infected in July 2001, although tested VIH+ in September 2003. October 2003:VL 2346 CD4 273 (12%) November 2003:VL 3500 CD4 267 (12%) February 2004:VL 3500 CD4...
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
Unlikely videx alone would be affecting your lymphocyte count. You don't indicate whether you are taking any other meds or over the counter preparations or herbs, etc that could also be affecting those numbers. If there are no other possibilities, I... Read more »

Please Doc Desperate ..

Am a practicing physician . June 1999 , Detected +ve . Exposure source unknown. Current CD4 875 . What is the period at which the possibility of OI exists from now on for me & what additional care ( whether it is quitting medicine ?? !! )can I take...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Unless your practice puts you at risk of exposing patients to your own blood, there is no reason to stop practicing medicine as long as you have the energy to do it. You should try to take as many preventive measures as possible, including... Read more »

what is considered normal numbers?

I was reading one of your answers to a Question and you refered to 30-35 being in the norm. My percent has dropped from 26-20 in a matter of 6 mos. Am I dying at fast pace or is this normal for someone not on meds?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
I don't think that I'd come away with the any notion that you're dying with a CD4 percentage of 26 or 20. Indeed, it would be very important to confirm any changes in lab results with a repeat test, since there is often quite a bit of variation... 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

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... Read more »
The Body

Preventing Other Infections

In HIV, your CD4 count is key. It's the 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... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

The Basics CD4 Count and HIV CD4 Count and HIV Treatment CD4 Cell Test The Bottom Line The Basics Your immune system protects your body by fighting germs and infections.White blood cells are an important part of your immune... 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 »

What to do.......?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Hi. I have just been diagnosed this week with poor labs - cd4 count - 57, viral load 800,000+. I will commence with Truvada+Sustiva and switch to Atripla as soon as it is approved in England. My question is this - has anyone else been in situation?... 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 »