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Opportunistic Infection

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The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

... Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV-Positive People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system , HIV targets and infects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us from illnesses. These are a type...kills CD4 cells, weakening the immune system. When the immune system loses too many CD4...
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Opportunistic infections

...Dear Doctor,I am getting crazy, please help. My last CD4 count is 1029 and CD4/CD8 ratio is 1.81. But, I am getting opportunistic infections such as athlete's foot and leukoplakia on tongue.What is wrong with me?thanks.
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
...The issue here is terminology. For example, fungal infections between your toes ("athlete's foot") is not an opportunistic infection and is seen at any CD4 count (with or without HIV infection). Whereas other types of fungal infections, such as... Read more »

Opportunistic Infections related to Fatigue

...that if someone has been living with fatigue for an extended period of time, they have a much greater chance of developing an opportunistic infection. Is there any research on this?
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
...I am not aware of any research supporting this...however; prolonged fatigue can certainly be an indicator of an underlying opportunistic infection. Many people experience increased fatigue when they are failing an antiretroviral regimen;... Read more »

Opportunistic Infection

...WHAT IS AN OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTION?
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
...The term opportunistic infection is used to describe infections that occur in people who have deficiencies in their immune system- it is opportunistic because Read more »

Opportunistic infections

...Are opportunistic infections common in people who take their medications with perfect adherence? I have been posative for about 7 years and my viral load
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...Opportunistic infections are extremely uncommon in those with an undetectable viral load and high CD4 counts like yours. Congratulations on keeping Read more »
Articles
U.S. National Institutes of Health

U.S. Updates Clinical Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children

...diseases. These diseases, which ordinarily do not cause problems for people with fully functioning immune systems, are known as opportunistic infections. HIV-associated opportunistic infections are a leading cause of hospitalization and death... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

... What Are Opportunistic Infections? Testing for OIs OIs and AIDS What Are the Most Common OIs? Preventing OIs Treating OIs What Are Opportunistic...cause health problems. Infections that take advantage of weakness in the immune... Read more »
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Releases Updated Clinical Guidelines for HIV-Associated Opportunistic Infections

... The first complete update in five years of the U.S. guidelines for preventing and treating HIV-associated opportunistic infections has been released by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in... Read more »
The Body PRO

The 14th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

... The 14th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections LOS ANGELES, CALIF. FEBRUARY 25-28, 2007 // ***********************************************// AUTHOR: WWW.CGISCRIPT.NET,...Benjamin... Read more »
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Esophagitis as opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am wonering if anyone can tell me if Esophagitis can occur within 1st year of acquiring HIV infection. Please, I am extremely scared and I would appericiate an answer. Thanks, Nate Read more »

Opportunistic Infections??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...years ago. I have been relatively healthy since then but have become overcome with thoughts of hiv. Is it possible to have an opportunistic infection without having other symptoms. I have never had a fever, night sweats or other syptoms on the... Read more »

Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would you say that a reoccuring itchy rash on the lower back/base of spine (large(ish), flat, red and very itchy) 5-6 months after possible exposure (protected vaginal sex with a sex worker) was anything to worry about? I have shown my Doctor and... Read more »

I may have an opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...abnormality in my white blood cell count as of Feb., but that wasn't a certainty. I checked 2 AIDS web sites for descriptions of opportunistic infections that suggest the onset of aids, but saw nothing that matched what I have. My ex-partner... Read more »