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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Can MAC Be Prevented? The bacteria that cause MAC are very common. It is not possible to avoid being exposed. The best way to prevent MAC is to take strong antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Even if your CD4 cell count drops very low, there are drugs that can stop MAC disease from developing in up to 50% of people. The antibiotic drugs azithromycin, rifabutin and clarithromycin have been used to prevent MAC. These drugs are usually prescribed...
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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 »

Ts Danger Zone

Hi:I recently discovered I had thrush and promptly went to my doctor. I discovered my T cell count was 26, after 4 years of it being well over 500 (no meds). I am now a standard med regimen (ABC,AZT,3DT,Sustiva) and feel fine. Also on prophylaxis...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
That is an extremely low CD4 count. You are at great risk for OIs, although the antibiotics you are taking will protect you from getting PCP, MAC, or toxoplasmosis. That 4 drug HIV regimen should get you out of the danger zone within a couple of... Read more »

mac

what is mac...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for the question.MAC is a short way of saying Mycobacterium avium complex, aka MAI- mycobacterium avium intracellulare.This is a group of bacteria which can cause widespread infection in people with low CD4 counts. It is in the same family... Read more »

Mac??

Could you tell me what Mac is. And when could a person with hiv get this? and what signs to look for?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
"MAC" stands for Mycobacterium avium complex, which can spread in your blood and cause a range of symptoms in very advanced HIV disease (AIDS). Usually CD4 cells are less than 25 when this occurs. Symptoms can include fever, weight loss,... Read more »
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MAC IV Therapy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm thinking of stopping IV therapy for MAC....can anyone tell me if they've done that...and if so.....did you feel better or worse without the meds? My CD4+ cell count is still below 50.....the meds make me feel so awful I have to wonder if the MAC... Read more »

MAC. & low cd-4

Posted by danni, 3 Replies
i am terrified, i just learned that i have mac. my viral load is 87,000, my cd-4; only 14. my doc. did start meds for me, but i can't get past the fear that it's too late. with my blood counts, is mac, a sure death sentence? i appreciate any... Read more »

Mac infection

Posted by FurryAquaMammal, 2 Replies
So, going on 5 months of detection. Need some insight in to dealing with MAC infection. I have a good team of docs, but need some insight into what to expect. Swollen nodes in my neck, been on antibiotics to treat it for over a month now, surgery... Read more »

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Posted by Anonymous
Good day! I just found out that I have some bacteria in my blood. I'm low with t4cell at 1 so my doctor says that I have MAC. I wanted to know if anyone has experience this and has anyone gotten better. This could explain my many symptoms... Read more »