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Is Toxoplasmosis Considered Aids Diagnosis

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What Is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis (toxo) is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii . A parasite lives inside another living organism (the host) and takes all of its nutrients from the host. The most common illness caused by toxo is an infection of the brain (encephalitis). Toxo can also infect other parts of the body. Toxo can lead to coma and death. The risk of toxo is highest when your CD4 cell (T-cell) counts...
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Brain Mass; Toxoplasmosis infection versus lymphoma

Dear Dr. DezubeMy cousin is a 42yr old male, HIV+ since Jan 01. At that time he had Lymphoma in the stomach area, CD4 cells 50, viral load 50,000, was treated with chemo and came out fine. In Oct 01 he had Toxoplasmosis, was also treated and came...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
A brain mass in an HIV-infected individual is always quite concerning. As you query indicates, the majority of these brain masses are either toxoplasmosis (an opportunistic infection) or lymphoma. Also as your query indicates, toxoplasmosis in... Read more »

hiv, aids, toxoplasmosis, epilepsy

Hello dear doctor and thank you very much for your answers here!I have hiv for about 6 years now, got diagnosed in august last year.I got toxoplasmosis in february this year and having epileptical attacks time to time.At the moment I'm taking...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Toxoplasmosis can result in seizures which can be recurrent. I have cared for numerous patientts with your condition. Daraprim is a treatment for toxoplasmosis which is often continued until CD4 count is consistently > 300-350 and there has been... Read more »

HIV and toxoplasmosis

I am 22yrs and was diagnosed HIV positive in February this year and also toxo positive 1.1,I was treated for toxo cns after experiencing severe headaches and dizziness,the headaches had subsided but recently it has Come bk even more severe with...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
You need to go see your primary care doctor to talk about this.... Read more »

Toxoplasmosis - length of disability

Dr Currier;My Partner has AIDS and was diagnosed with Toxoplasmosis three months ago. He has been taking Pyramethamine, Clindamycin and Leucovorin for this three months. When diagnosed, he had severe right side weakness an has been steadily...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It isn't possible to predict exactly when or to what extent the neurologic damage from the toxo will resolve. Physical therapy should be helpful, in addition to the toxo meds and combination medicines for the HIV. You can look in standard... Read more »
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