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Toxoplasmosis Testing

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AIDS InfoNet


...(T-cell) counts are below 100. The first signs of toxo include fever, confusion, headache, disorientation, personality changes and tremor. Other symptoms include seizures, poor coordination, and nausea. Toxo is usually diagnosed by testing for antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii . Pregnant women who are exposed to toxo may pass it to their newborn child. The toxo antibody test shows whether you have been exposed to toxo. A positive test does not...
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implications of toxoplasma?

Hi i was wondering what the implications of toxoplasma are for HIV+ people. It has been detected in my blood though the doctor didn't seem too worried about it when she was telling me. She explained it's often contained in kitty litter. I have been...
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 don't indicate what toxoplasmosis test was obtained, what your CD4 count is currently, or wha the decline was.. Toxoplasmosis can be acquired after contact with Read more »

How can a Dr tell if you have brain tumor or toxoplasmosis?

My cousin has just been diagnosed with HIV. He has had a CT scan that showed an abnormality. But because he has no insurance we have been trying to get a diagnosis without a biopsy. What are other ways to tell if it is a brain tumor or...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...accurate diagnosis is do to a biopsy, health care professionals will often treat for two weeks with medications which target the toxoplasmosis, an opportunistic infection seen in HIV-infected individuals. Things which would make toxoplasmosis... Read more »

Does positive toxo test mean diagnosis of AIDS?

I know that toxoplasmosis is listed as one of the 'AIDS defining illnesses'. I am healthy and have no symptoms, but my Dr. suggested that I get tested for toxoplasmosis as a routine test. She said that the blood test can determine if I've ever had...
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
The positive toxo antibody test indicates past exposure and not necessarily active infection. If your CD4 count is > 200 then regardless of whether your toxo antibody test is positive you don't have AIDS. Read more »

Toxic Plasmosis

Dr: Can you explain to me the above and what the potential effects/cures are?? Is Toxic Plasmosis related to HIV/Aids or not. Thank you
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Toxoplasmosis is an opportunistic infection seen in AIDS patients. Toxoplasmosis typically involves the brain of HIV-infected patients. We Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Health Checklist

...depression in men. The test should be done in the morning. If you are of African or Mediterranean background, you might be tested for low levels of the enzyme G6PD. This could cause severe anemia if you take certain drugs. Vaccinations ... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

OI Update: Toxoplasmosis

...well-cooked table food, not raw or undercooked meats. Patients need not be advised to part with their cats or to have their cats tested for toxoplasmosis. Recent advances in the diagnosis of toxoplasmosis Polymerase chain-reaction assays can... Read more »
InfoRed SIDA


... ¿Qué Es la Toxoplasmosis¿ ¿Cómo Se Trata la Toxoplasmosis? ¿Cómo Elijo un Tratamiento Para la Toxoplasmosis? ¿Se Puede Prevenir la Toxoplasmosis? Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...opportunistic infection (see Fact Sheet 500 ). What Is a CD4 Test? A small sample of blood is taken from your finger. The blood is tested to count several types of cells. CD4 cells are not counted directly. Instead, the laboratory makes a... Read more »
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husband of 12 yrs positive

Posted by abitsad
...every1.., My life changed 11/19/09 when my husband was told he was hiv positive in the ER. We thought he had the flu.., I too was tested & am negative, will retest again in 3 months. A few wks later he became ill & now has... Read more »

please read, need advice

Posted by abitsad, 3 Replies
...long life but i cannot seem to stop thinking about death. I am skeptical b/c he was just diagnosed & already has had acute toxoplasmosis., Actually, that is the way we found out; in the ER! I have no idea since when he's had it because he... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
...Just wondering if any of you have had, or known others who have had, toxoplasmosis. can you give me some information regarding long term effects in advanced infections?? Thank you soooo much! My email address Read more »


Posted by Bear60, 2 Replies
In regard to HIV infected people keeping animals as pets, the guidelines are spelled out in detail in the PAWS website: Its interesting to note that the previous post had a question about whether you can get HIV from animals.... Read more »