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What Causes Mac

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The causes of MAC

How do people get MAC?And How long is the treatment?
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
MAC is a bacteria of the same family as tuberculosis and that is present everywhere in the environment, particularly in the soil. We tend to breathe it in. Unless the immune system is very weak (CD4 count below 75 in HIV infection), it rearely... Read more »

What are MAC symptoms?

Four days ago, I had terrible periodic stomach ache and have been going to the toilet at least 3-4... Read more »

Mom has MAC -Biaxin,Mycobutin,Ethambutol used- cause vision problems?

My Mom is 96 years old and is being treated for MAC due to lower resistance from weak immune... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

What Is MAC? How Do I Know if I Have MAC? How Is MAC Treated? Can MAC Be Prevented? Drug Interaction Problems The Bottom Line What Is MAC? Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) is a serious illness caused by common bacteria. MAC is... Read more »
Project Inform

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

Table of Contents Introduction Cause Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Side Effects Drug Interactions Cytokines Prevention Stopping Preventive Therapy Maintenance Therapy Children Pregnancy The Bottom Line 1999 Public... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

AIDS-Related MAC

What is MAC? Many people with HIV get sick with a disease called MAC. This page explains what MAC is. It also talks about medicines to help prevent and treat MAC disease -- and how you can help yourself stay healthy. MAC is short for ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

You Can Prevent MAC (Disseminated Mycobacterium Avium Complex Disease)

What is Mycobacterium avium complex disease? Can children get MAC disease? What are the symptoms of MAC disease? How is MAC disease diagnosed? How do people get MAC disease? How can I avoid MAC disease? When should I get... Read more »
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MAC. & low cd-4

Posted by danni, 3 Replies
i am terrified, i just learned that i have mac. my viral load is 87,000, my cd-4; only 14. my doc. did start meds for me, but i can't get past the fear that it's too late. with my blood counts, is mac, a sure death sentence? i appreciate any... Read more »

Stopping Therapy for Mycobaterium Avium Infection

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
Within the past month and a half, my partner has become sick. He has consistantly [consisted] tested negative for HIV. He has been diagnosed with a mycobacterium avium infection in his bone marrow. Unfortunately the treatment looks pretty harsh from... Read more »

Bloody semen

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Just before Christmas 2004, I began to have fevers and headaches that recurred every three or four days. These bouts became more severe as time went on and by mid-January I was beginning to lose weight and becoming fatigued. Unfortunately, I was... Read more »

HIV Causes AIDS -- And Knowing It Could Save Your

Posted by Anonymous
Life By San Francisco AIDS Foundation While the global HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to rage, a small number of fringe groups have been aggressively promoting misinformation about AIDS. Some claim that "AIDS is over" or that "AIDS is a myth," and... Read more »