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Mac And Aids

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MAC AIDS Fund Promises More Grants for Anti-AIDS Efforts in Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong

MAC Cosmetics' AIDS charity, the MAC AIDS Fund, has pledged to continue awarding grants that focus on community outreach in mainland China and Hong Kong, fund officials said recently. Since 2002, MAF has donated more than $8 million to AIDS projects... Read more »
AIDS United

MAC AIDS Fund Forms $4 Million Partnership With AIDS United

During the International AIDS Conference, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Care for Life Initiative , a a multi-year, public-private sector effort of the MAC AIDS Fund to address the intractable barriers... Read more »

Pop Superstar Rihanna Joins MAC AIDS Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS

Rihanna is known around the world for being the best-selling music artist of the digital age, for her fashion sense and for her devil-may-care attitude. Except, now, it seems she does care about at least one issue: HIV/AIDS in Africa. Through her... Read more »
Ask the Experts

mac without aids

My father died of mac a year ago. He did not have aids. How could he have gotten it and how common is it for a non-aids patients to get mac....
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
HIV-s can get MAC although that does not happen often. The germ is in soil and water throughout the environment, so it is not hard to come into contact with it. Typically HIV-s with MAC also have chronic lung disease of some kind which makes them... Read more »

My partner has reactivated to CMV and possibly MAC due to his AIDS treatment

My partner of 4 years was just diagnosis with AIDS one month ago. His viral load is 735K and his CD-4 are 36. The doctor seems to feel he has been positive for about 4 years. He has not had any symptoms or problems until he started his...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Sorry to hear about the health challenges that your partner is experiencing. It is not uncommon for someone to be diagnosed with HIV with a very low CD4 count. But one of the risks of waiting to start therapy with CD4 counts this low is the... Read more »


My mom is 70 yrs old with MAC. Non-smoker and no HIV/AIDS. She is taking prednezone, doxiprin, lamprene,coumadin, biaxin, myambutol and insulin for type 2 diabeties. I can not find info on MAC non-related to HIV/AIDS and about these drugs in the...
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
Several of the meds listed are used to treat MAC and addition many of the symptoms listed could be related to side effects from these meds. She needs to be evaluated by a specialist who know about these meds and their side effects.... Read more »

AIDS/MAC & Refusal of Treatment

I'm a Shanti-trained emotional support volunteer. My patient has AIDS and was diagnosed with MAC in November (1996).He is refusing treatment, both for AIDS and MAC. I see plenty of information on what will happen to folks who treat MAC,but what...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
The main symptoms of disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) are fevers, chills, and night sweats, caused by the presence of the bacteria in the blood. With time weight loss and wasting generally occur. If untreated MAC will go on to... 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 »