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How To Manage Meningitis When You Are Hiv Positive

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Cryptococcal Meningitis

The Bottom Line Cryptococcal meningitis occurs most often in people with CD4 cell counts below 50. Although antifungal drugs can prevent cryptococcal meningitis, they are usually not used because of their high cost and the risk of developing drug-resistant yeast infections. If you get meningitis, early diagnosis might allow treatment with less toxic drugs. Contact your health care provider if you have headaches, a stiff neck, vision problems,...
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diagonized as TB meningitis and started DOTS treatment in HIV +

my father is Hiv positive, his CD4 is 74, he is having severe headache and recently admitted in hospital with high fever and immediate memory loss. but now he has started ART drugs ( stauvidine + efeviarence) and DOTS treatment for TB. but still now...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Treating severe TB and HIV/AIDS at the same time can be a challenge but numerous studies and clinical experience support the approach of aggressive TB treatment AND early/simultaneous treatment for the HIV infection. Side effects of meds and immune... Read more »

Viral Meningitis

odd... no matter how aware i thought was about HIV and AIDS... i never heard about Viral Meningitis being something you can come down with while you seroconvert. i was hospitalized with Viral Meningitis for 10 days and tested for HIV several times...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
A meningitis syndrome is one of the more common ways that acute HIV can present.There are likely benefits (perhaps ones that you've benefited from) from starting therapy during seroconversion. These include the preservation of HIV-specific... Read more »

Viral Meningitis, HIV, and confusing test results "confused"

My girlfriend was admitted to hospital with viral meningitis , subsequently through blood tests was found to be hiv positive, she was tested again and negative, now we are both awaiting results. Now, because of the menengitis, the doctor says if we...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,Sounds like you're in the middle of the (retesting) period.. This can be a somewhat stressful time, but you both are doing what you need to in order to find your answers. A full risk assessment and finishing testing... Read more »

Cryptococcal Meningitis and HIV

Hello, doctor: my husband was infected whith Cryptococcal Meningitis and I'm really concerned about his health. He's been under treatment for almost two years now and he refuses to show me his pack of pills. I know hes taking...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Stocrine is efavirenz which is a medicine used exclusively for HIV infection. Cryptococcal meningitis is an AIDS defining condition in someone who is HIV+. I would encourage you to either attend clinic with your husband or talk to a counselor at... Read more »
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Meningitis ARS Related?

Posted by lp77, 2 Replies
I'm SO scared. Okay here's my story I caught meningitis but Im worried it could be ARS. I recevied oral from a girl. We went to the movies and she gave me oral and I fingered her. I'm not clear if I fingered her then pull my penis out but im sure if... Read more »

My stepdad w/ meningitis

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm really in a sad mood now. About 7 months ago my stepdad was diagnosed with cryptoccocal meningitis. Someone who has always been free-spirited, outgoing and energetic..he's now just in and out of the hospital on so much medication it keeps him... Read more »

soc worker.case manager position in Tampa Bay area

Posted by Anonymous
I am a social worker/case manager in a Neuro Rehab program in Level II Trauma Center. I am HIV+. I would like to move into the HIV/AIDS in Tampa Bay, preferably Pinellas Cty. Read more »

Manager, Center for HIV Information SF

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Manager, Center for HIV Information

Position Description
The UCSF Center for HIV Information (CHI) is a faculty-directed program of the Department of Medicine with a remarkably successful track record for developing key information resources on... Read more »