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How Serious Is Thrush In Newborns

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

The Bottom Line Candidiasis is a very common yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be...
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Long term affects of newborn treatment

My adopted son was born to an HIV positive mother, tested positive at birth, was treated, has tested negative twice. Now that we can rest easy about his HIV status, are there any later side affects or other health risks related to his early...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good questions. There have been some studies (mostly from Europe) noting some evidence for persistant mitochondrial toxicity in babies exposed to AZT during gestation/post delivery. The vast majority of infants have done well after such exposure... Read more »

NEWBORNS TESTS FOR HCV

Dear Experts, My wife has tested pos for the anti body test once and neg several times for the other tests. Our newborn, at our request, was tested for HCV. It came back pos. I know the mothers anti bodys can falsify the results so the next...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I would stay very calm.Hepatitis C antibodies can pass to your newborn and not reflect infection at all. A helpful test will be Hepatitis C RNA which will test for virus itself.Alternatively, you can wait until about 18 months for testing of your... Read more »

My NEWBORN and i may have been infected by neighbor's workers...PEASE RESPOND I AM GOING CRAZY

Dear Dr. Bob,I am an obsessing mother who prior to having my child would obsess over many casual contact scenarios of azquiring HIV. From food to hand shakes to people randomly poking me on the street, YOU NAME IT!After i got pregnant we installed...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,WOWZA. Just how much crazy powder have you been adding to your morning smoothies?Your fears are completely irrational. Yep, totally Looney Tunes. Lady, you are not "going crazy"; you're already there. In fact you may have passed... Read more »

thrush on skin

Hi, On this forum it appears that oral thrush is a common symptom in babies who are hiv positive. However would it be unusual if an infant potentially infected with hiv develop's thrush in areas such as the perianal region, under arms, between...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Candida infection is common in infants especially in the groin area (diaper dermatitis)and next is oral thrush (oral candidiasis) which affects 2-5% of all newborns. So thrush is relatively nonspecific for HIV infection. BJ... Read more »
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Please don't think I'm nuts or stupid. I would like serious answers, please

Posted by Kay86, 2 Replies
Hi. I was just wondering if anyone else as recurring oral thrush on gums, night sweats and headaches, but has consistently tested positive? I've tested negative on the HIV-1 DNA PCR, EIA 1/2 including or, and 2 oraquick HIV 1/2 tests. My exposure... Read more »

oral sex, hepes. thrush?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am terrified. I know my risk is low, but I have been extremely anxious over this anyway. I have been having panic attacks frequently.
Just over 4 weeks ago, I gave oral sex to a guy that I've known since i was a teenager. He did not ejaculate, but... Read more »

oral thrush question

Posted by rock_on, 1 Reply
im not sure if this is an early sign of hiv infection but from what ive heard and read it occurs in late hiv infection. is this true? and is it most common on the back on the tongue near the throat???? Read more »

Serious Question about a stupid incident

Posted by Gator, 1 Reply
I have a very stupid sounding question. First of all I am not gay, I might have been a little kinky back a few years ago but this is a serious question to anyone on this board or the doctors who periodically check it out.
My ex wife had told me... Read more »