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Preventing Opportunistic Infections

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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 and IGIV

The use of intravenous gamma globulin (IGIV)has successfully prevented opportunistic infections in my mother's case. Her immune system has been diminished by the effects of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, CLL, and the resulting treatment. IGIV is...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The OIs that HIV+s get is primarily due to defects in cell-mediated immunity, which is why we measure T cells in our patients on a frequent basis. IGIV-- however it is delivered-- is a collection of proteins called antibodies that are made against... Read more »

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
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 »

Antibodies of opportunistic infections

I am Hiv-positive, recently infected, with normal CD4 counts, healthy and asymptomatic, on no medication.I know from some analysis years ago that I give positive also to Mantoux test forTB, to citomegalovirus and to toxoplasmosis antibodies. I am...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
Let's deal with one test at a time: The positive Mantoux test for TB: This means that you have been exposed to tuberculosis. It means that there somewhere in your lungs, there are a few tuberculosis bacteria that are being effectively contained by... Read more »
Articles
Brown Medical School

Prevention of Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in Those With HIV Infection

...fairly predictable and inexorable decline in their CD4 count. Once a patient's CD4 count declines significantly, prophylaxis for opportunistic infections is initiated and continues indefinitely. Beginning in 1995, the availability of more... Read more »
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

U.S. Guidelines for the Prevention of Opportunistic Infections

...for individuals with frequent respiratory infections. Adapted from the "1999 USPHS/IDSA Guidelines for the Prevention of Opportunistic Infections in Persons Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus" MMWR 48(RR10);1-59. August 20, 1999. ... Read more »
Women Alive

One Doctors' Approach for Preventing Opportunistic Infections

I am sending this to update you on the latest changes in my treatment approaches to HIV/AIDS. OI's: % & T - Cells: Drugs and Dose: PCP 14% 200 Bactrim DS, one/day or Dapsone 100mg/day with Trimethoprim 200 mg/day or Clindamycin 300 mg 2X/day... 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

...children or HIV-infectedchildren who travel to countries with malaria. New recommendations on when todiscontinue medication for preventing opportunistic infections. Previously, medicationsto prevent opportunistic infections were given for life.... 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
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 »

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 »