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Intravenous Meds For Cmv Retinitis Associated With Hiv

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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...
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CMV still common with Hart? How do you prevent it?

Dear experts,How do you explain this article on CMV visual loss being common in Hart era, does this often still occur with individuals using Hart?What can one do to prevent this from occuring to themselves. Thanks.BartCMV-related visual loss...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...CMV drug cidofovir may be at more risk for some eye problems but this is not conclusively demonstrated.The good news is that CMV retinitis, once common, has now become very rare due to HIV therapy. But, among those who have had CMV eye disease... Read more »

Disability and CMV retinitis

I am a 48-year old female working 30 hours a week as a special education teacher confultant. From 1995-1998 (pre-protease days), I was on total disability (through employer's LTD and SSDI) due to AIDS (T4 of 13) + bilateral CMV retinitis. I...
Lynn L. Franzoi

Response from Lynn L. Franzoi

Worldwide Benefits for Fox, Inc.
Work your doctors (internist, retina specailist, etc.) to complile the necessary medical back-up to apply for SSDI. It is not uncommon dfor Social Secuirty to deny the initial application. However, many times it is granted upon appeal. So if you... 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 »

Immune Recovery Uveitis

My bilateral CMV retinitis has been inactive since 1996 due to my rebound in health. However, I now suffer from immune recovery uveitis. Have had one cataract surgery, and a detached retina (reattached through vitrectomy and laser).Lately my vision...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...typical manner that vitritis is managed. One possibility might be to use systemic steroids (prednisone), but there are risks associated with that and no proof as yet that systemic steroids are better than local steroid eyedrops. I'm sorry I... Read more »
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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 General Hospital

New Developments in the Management of CMV Infections

...Group. Intravenous versus oral ganciclovir: European/Australian comparative study of efficacy and safety in the prevention of cytomegalovirus retinitis in patients with AIDS. AIDS 1995; 9: 471-8. 2 . Drew WL, Ives D, Lalezari JP, et al. ... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...partner (domestic) violence Other responsibilities such as child care or caring for a sick partner The stigma associated with HIV Active substance abuse Depression Lack of financial resources and/or social... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

...transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor ( NNRTI), and protease inhibitor (PI) classes are associated with liver damage. NRTIs can have negative side effects that may lead to liver problems. One such side... Read more »
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I have HIV Associated Dementia after 24 Years

Posted by ScotCharles, 4 Replies
...Until a way is found to kill the virus completely, we the infected will have to deal with the various shocks that HIV and the meds deliver. Eventually, for most of us, one of those shocks will kill us. I had 24 good years, and I intend to have... 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 »

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 »

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 »