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Symptoms Of Opportunistic Infections

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What Are Opportunistic Infections?

Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV+ People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system, HIV targets andinfects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us fromillnesses. These are a type of white blood cell called CD4 cells. HIV takes over CD4 cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce...
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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... Read more »

Help! I am having opportunistic infections

Dr. Conway:Are ARS symptoms lasting for more than 5 weeks and can they come gradually? I have started having a sore throat and white tongue 3 weeks after unprotected vaginal contacts with a HIV+ male, after that I had muscle and joint pains for the...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Dear Anna:The symptoms you describe can be seen with acute HIV infection but are certainly not specific for it. Your doctor is right that the negative HIV antibody test at this stage is a good sign. You might consider having a test for HIV itself... Read more »

Waiting for opportunistic infection!!

Dr.Holodniy,Appox. 11 years ago I had unprotected sex with a South African women, shortly thereafter I experienced classicARS symptoms.Presently I am suffering symptoms that arestrongly suggestive of HIV...
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
You did not say what your blood cell, platelet, or T cell counts were. Although it is very unlikely that your symptoms are related to HIV infection, other infections or malignancies should be ruled out as well.MH... 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 »
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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 »

Question for Dr Ryan: Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello Dr Ryan,
Thanks for taking some time to help us out in this forum. I sincerely appreciate it. After a high risk activity 2 years ago, followed by a very sick period with symptoms simliar to flu/mono 3-4 weeks later, I was convinced I had... 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.

Thanks,
Nate Read more »