Advertisement

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

How To Treat Cmv Retinitis When You Are Hiv Positive

Here's a taste of what TheBody.com has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...blindness unless treated. CMV can spread throughout the body and infect several organs at once. The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells. The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an inflammation of the retina. Patients may also notice light flashes, decreased or distorted vision, or blind...
Ask the Experts

Questions from your answer

Hi Dr. Franscino!In a previous answer given through the "ask the experts" - HIV and CMV (CMV)Oct 17, 2008 -, I read "...CMV disease most often affects people with HIV when their CD4+ cell counts are below 50. You may also be at risk if you have a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells.The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an... Read more »

HIV and CMV (CMV)

Hi...My dad has been HIV+ for about 9 years now. He was diagnosed with ALL last year (which at this moment is currently in remission). He is currently taking maintence chemo pills and Atripla for his HIV. He was just told he has CMV. Is he in the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »

CMV; to swallow or not to swallow,that is the question.

Dr. Frascino, I am a RN who happens to dance with HIV. Most of my patients dance with it too. My point, many of my friends come to me with questions,and the need for education, I do my best. My education is limited, for I have not attended medical...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells. The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an... 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 Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oral Valganciclovir as Effective as IV Ganciclovir in Treating CMV Retinitis in AIDS Patients

...progression of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in AIDS patients. Valcyte is the first orally administered therapy approved for CMV retinitis and is converted to ganciclovir in the body. CMV is a member of the herpesvirus family that in the... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Improved Treatment of CMV Retinitis

...the most feared opportunistic pathogens. The daily intravenous infusions that were once required to slow the progression of CMV retinitis exacted a heavy toll, both in dollars and in quality of life, and patients were justly apprehensive about... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Valganciclovir: A New Treatment for Cytomegalovirus Retinitis

...Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved valganciclovir (Valcyte) as a new treatment for cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis. CMV retinitis is an inflammation of the retina, characterized by loss of visual acuity (sharpness) or "blind spots." A... Read more »
Project Inform

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »
Connect With Others

HIV / AIDS DOCS

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...What kinds of AIDS complications do you see? Suprunenko: Tuberculosis is number one, toxoplasmosis, esophageal candidiasis, CMV retinitis and pneumocystis. With regard to antiretroviral therapy, we see peripheral neuropathy and lactic acidosis... Read more »

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 Read more »

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 Read more »

Should I go to the E/R???! help

Posted by hello123, 2 Replies
...tested Monday but I don't know if I should wait. I have been experiencing blurred vision and my eyes hurt, I am afraid I have cmv retinitis. I don't want to go blind. Should I go to the e/r? Or wait until Monday to get tested? I don't know what... Read more »