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Opportunistic Infections Among Hiv-positive People

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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
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Opportunistic Infections related to Fatigue

I've heard 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
...lead to development of opportunistic infection. Good news has come from Chicago (from the Fifth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections). The incidence of opportunistic infections in HIV patients here at San Francisco General... Read more »

Is hepC now considered an opportunistic infection in those with HIV?

Hi Dr., I just came across this on the web and wondered if it's true (considered an o.i.) and what do you think of calling it one? "Many HIV positive patients have 'stable' HIV disease due to the widespread use of HAART (highly active antiretroviral...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...classic definition of an OI is an infection that takes advantage of a weakened immune system to cause disease. And hep C attacks people with normal immune systems all the time -- that is, it's not an opportunist, it's a virulent... Read more »

Opportunistic infections with HIV

What explains the differences in the incidence of opportunistic infections in clients with HIV?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...inherent differences in the disease-causing ability ("pathogenicity") of the organism. TB is virulent enough to cause disease in people with normal immune systems, but another mycobacterium, MAC, doesn't cause disease until T-cell immunity is... Read more »

Explain opportunistic infection

Is it true that if you are experiencing an opportunistic infection at the time you are tested, ex) thrush and your results are negative, that the reason of the infection is not HIV. Thanks!!!
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...Some people may have very low T cells soon after they are infected and may get an OI because of the low T cells but may not yet developed Read more »
Articles
American Association for World Health

Fact Sheet: Treating HIV/AIDS

...Skipping a dose of the drugs may enable HIV to mutate into a drug-resistant strain, resulting in a worsening of the disease. Opportunistic Infections Opportunistic infections are conditions that often affect people with compromised immune... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

MSF to Expand HIV/TB Coinfection Services in Swaziland Province

...Sans Frontieres this month will assist three clinics in Swaziland's southern province of Shiselweni in providing services for people with HIV and tuberculosis coinfection, Inter Press Service reports. Aymeric Peguillan, MSF's head of mission... 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 »
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 »
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Esophagitis as opportunistic infection

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...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 »

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Question for Dr Ryan: Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...CD4 counts have been 1100 and 900, taken 6 weeks apart. Does this make any sense to you? In your experience, have you seen people with HIV-1 or 2 coming down with hairy leukoplakia within 2 years of infection, or having hairy leukoplakia with... Read more »