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Opportunistic Infections For Hiv Positive Individuals

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Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections

Introduction Opportunistic Infections and HIV Disease Preventing Infections in the First Place Treating Infections as They Occur Preventive Treatment for OIs Maintenance Therapy A Final Word on Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections List of AIDS-Defining OIs from the Centers for Disease Control Introduction HIV ( human immunodeficiency virus ) infects the cells of your body's immune system. It then impairs how...
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pets and hiv-infected individuals

since many of the fungal opportunistic infections are contracted by bird droopings,and dirt; which in healthy persons do not usually bother, do you consider having cockateels and working in the dirt ie....digging a pod, high risk behavior for those...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Not for HIV+s whose immune systems are not badly damaged. If your CD4 count is good and your HIV viral load is suppressed, I think the risk is minimal and has to be balanced against the pleasure you get from these activities. For HIV+s with... 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...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Yes, it is true that we included hep C in the guidelines for treatment and prevention, but technically speaking, the definition of AIDS is set by the CDC and hep C is not included. That may be because the classic definition of an OI is an infection... Read more »

my opportunistic infection which is 99.9999999999% hiv

I read all your responses and I think you are an angel for doing this work. My case is the following, I had sex with somebody hiv+ who cut my penis in a few places during oral sex and than smeared me with his precum. I know that the risk is there. I...
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
While I understand your concern about HIV, the test results you report are re-assuring. I think it is worth being sure this is not another type of viral infection. Infection caused by CMV, EBV, or other herpes viruses could have the smae symptoms... Read more »

Opportunistic Infections

My T4 cell count has been around 1100. HIV+ for 2 years; no meds yet; generally in good health, but I am worried about continuing diagnosis of thrush and oral hairy leukoplakia. It was periodic in the past, but now seems to be persistent....
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
1. out of the ordinary, but not unheard of.2. I would not worry about it too much.3. No, and you should not develop those kinds of infections given your numbers.4. Not really, although part of what develops is a function of what you have been... Read more »
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Looking for HIV positive/AIDS individuals to model

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm a photography student located on Long Island, in NY. I'm doing an editorial project on individuals living with HIV/AIDS. I would like to compassionately photograph you in your natural environment, as well as possibly in the studio. I... Read more »

Opportunistic Infections??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had a risky situation approx 2 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... Read more »

I may have an opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm so grateful for this forum. I have not been diagnosed with HIV (yet?) but I did get a blood test today and will find out the results Friday (12/3). Here's why I'm concerned. Yesterday I went to my dentist for a routine teeth cleaning. I have... Read more »

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.

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Nate Read more »