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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

What Is MAC? How Do I Know if I Have MAC? How Is MAC Treated? Can MAC Be Prevented? Drug Interaction Problems The Bottom Line What Is MAC? Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) is a serious illness caused by common bacteria. MAC is also known as MAI ( Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare). MAC infection can be localized (limited to one part of your body) or disseminated (spread through your whole body, sometimes called DMAC). MAC...
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Disseminated Mac

My daughter has Mac infection. She has 0 cd-4 and her viral load has exceded 100,000. She has been in the hospital for seven weeks with no chance of getting out.She keeps developing bacterias such as C-Difficile, and MRSA,and she has no white blood...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
I am very sorry to hear about how sick your daughter is. There is hope for her even though she is very sick. That hope comes from the fact that she has the capacity to rebuild her immune system if she can get her virus suppressed with medication. ... Read more »

Atripla and zithromax

I have been taking Zithromax for two days now.I took my first dose of Atripla last night.Is there a danger of adverse reaction from the mix of two?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.There aren't any significant drug-drug interactions between azithromycin (Zithromax) and the HIV medications in Atripla. Indeed, azithro is recommended for HIV infected persons with CD4 counts below 50 to help prevent... Read more »

Can Poppers lower my CD4 count?

I have read many studies regarding this topic. Can using poppers reduce my cd4 or keep it more suppressed? or are there no real studies to prove this? I enjoy the use of them, but I wouldn't say on a regular basis. Maybe 4 times a month.
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
There is no consensus on this topic but the most recent major study, the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2008, found no "clinically meaningful associations between use of [several other drugs and] poppers... Read more »

mycobacterium avium complex

I'm a healthy woman in my 60's. Iwas diagnosed with MAC about a year and a half ago. I was prescribe a cocktail o ethambutol, rifampin and biaxin. I was allergic to the first two.I have been taking Ketek 400mg 2 tablets once daily and avelox 400 mg...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
This forum is for HIV-infected persons. MAC is an infection that HIV+ folks can get, but usually it is spread throughout the body, rather than being isolated to the lungs. I will say that it is unusal to be allergic to ethambutol and rifampin so,... Read more »
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Project Inform

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Table of Contents Introduction Cause Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Side Effects Drug Interactions Cytokines Prevention Stopping Preventive Therapy Maintenance Therapy Children Pregnancy The Bottom Line 1999 Public... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Smoking and HIV

Why Is Smoking More Dangerous for People With HIV? What Are the Risks of Smoking? How Do I Quit Smoking? The Bottom Line For More Information Why Is Smoking More Dangerous for People With HIV? People with HIV disease are more likely... Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

Introduction What Is Inflammation? What Is IRIS? How Is It Diagnosed? Who Is at Risk? What Are the Symptoms? How Do You Treat IRIS? What Can Help to Ask My Doctor? Special Concerns for People Living With HIV Special... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Gut Basics The Gut and HIV Diarrhea and HIV Coping With Diarrhea Nausea, Vomiting and Anorexia Gas, Bloating and Heartburn Taking Care of Yourself Gut Basics The gut includes the stomach, small... Read more »
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Possible HIV transmission/infection ???

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hello, Hope someone can enlighten me on this encounter I had. I've come across a stranger in the men's public toilet on 21 Apr 99, he was 'sort of' stroking his private parts when I went in. I occupied the adjacent urinal and was just about to... Read more »

No safe sex, why?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Why do so many gay men who post on hook-up type web sites who state they are HIV- put they have no preference for having safe sex or not having safe sex? It seems crazy to me. Any thoughts on this? Read more »

Why Should I live?

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I found out some time ago that I was HIV+. I wasn't sure about the meds as I didn't even know anyone who was positive. I am now taking meds but the Doctor said it progressed to the AIDS stage. I also developed MAC which is very painfull. 4 months... Read more »

DENIALISTS - A DANGEROUS GAME

Posted by Survivor, 3 Replies
Sally, wana play? Table for one please.. As far out of sight the better.... Read more »