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How To Manage Cmv Retinitis And Hiv

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

What Is CMV? How Is CMV Treated? Can CMV Be Prevented? How Do I Choose a Treatment for CMV? The Bottom Line What Is CMV? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that can cause an opportunistic infection (see Fact Sheet 500 .) The virus is very common. Between 50% and 85% of the US population tests positive for CMV by the time they are 40 years old. A healthy immune system keeps this virus in check. When the immune defenses are weak, CMV...
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AIDS and CMV retinitis

I have a friend in Peru just diagnosed with AIDS (CD4 below 50 and 500,000 VL) and CMV retinitis (blurred vision in one eye). He is receiving mixed information about when to start HAART: has been said that HAART can cause more vision complications....
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Assuming your friend is being treated for his CMV retinitis, it is recommended to being HAART a couple of weeks after starting treatment for CMV. There should be close monitoring of his response to HIV treatment as well as the treatment response to... Read more »

how to diagnose CMV retinitis?

dear doctor ,,,I have symptoms in my eyes ,,but if I go to eye doctor how he will diagnose that I have CMV retinitis?is it by blood test only ? I mean if I did blood test for CMV ,,,if both IgG and IgM CMV test came positive ,,does this mean that I...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The only way to diagnose CMV retinitis is to have an exam by an eye doctor experienced in treating HIV+s. The blood tests merely tell whether you have been exposed to CMV recently (IgM) or in the past (IgG). People who are IgG+ are at risk for... Read more »

multiple drug resistance, poor response, cmv retinitis returns

I've been off antivirals now for 5 months, after genotype and phenotype show no viable combinations for me. Been through almost everything, resistant to most.CD4 is 34, vl is 433,000, and now CMV retinitis is reactivated. I'd like to avoid...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
No. CMV is a systemic disease, which means that virus can be found throughout the body, not just in the eye. Studies of the ganciclovir implant have demonstrated a real risk of disease elsewhere-- including the untreated eye-- because the only... Read more »

Informing HR managers of HIV status

I've recently tested positive for HIV and CMV retinitis. Should I disclose this information to my Human Resources manager? What are the benefits/draw backs to doing so?...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Please read some of the questions and answers on this site about confidentiality and disclosure. You are under NO obligation to disclose your status to your employer, and should carefully weigh the pros and cons as you think about this. Even if you... Read more »
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cmv retinitis

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know if you could have CMV retinitus for years without showing any other signs of HIV or AIDS?
I have read that it comes in the later stages, and I have had the symptoms for years but otherwise feel o.k

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support groups for people with CMV and blindness?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey everybody,

I'm living in Miami Beach in Florida, and have CMV Retinitis. I was wondering if anybody out there knows of, or might want to start, a support group or organizations for people with CMV Retinitis who suffered blindness as a result of... Read more »

cmv + high CD4

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone know if it is even remotely possible to have CMV retinitis at a CD4 of over 600 (37%)? I have had floaters for almost 5 months and the opthamologist says that I have a little retina thining but no disease. I have tested neg for HIV a... Read more »

cmv, rd detach,loosing my vision

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
HI
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TO DO IN MY SITUATION, I HAD MY RETINA RE-ATTACHED, HOWEVER EVERYTHING IS DARK, DUE TO TISSUE GROWING AFTER SURGERY, I NEED SOME ADVISED, THANK YOU

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