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What Is Histoplasmosis Caused By

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The Well Project

Fungal Infections

...fungus) are a kind of germ. Most fungi are harmless to humans, but there are several that can cause harmful infections, especially in HIV-positive people. Candidiasis Candidiasis is a very common fungal infection usually caused by Candida albicans . This yeast-like fungus is found in all healthy people. The immune system and bacteria normally found in the body generally keep Candida under control. When it gets out of control, ...
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Systemic Fungal Infection and PSA

In the absence of bacterial or viral infection of the prostate, and absence of cancer, can fungal infection of the prostate (aspergillosis/blastomycosis/cryptococcosis/histoplasmosis) cause a positive PSA/freePSA?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Not to my knowledge. Read more »


HELLO Dr. BOB!I wish you were my Doc. 1 year ago i started having high fevers, was treated with antibiotics, tested for everything, and was released. The test for histo came back negative.5 months ago i started having very high fevers again, ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...that it usually does respond to medications - "antifungals" such as itraconazole, amphotericin B, or AmBisome.Is this what's causing the "granuals?" Well, I assume you mean "granulomas." Yes, it's possible, but MAC can cause these as well. Is... Read more »

false negative out to one year ?

Hello Dr. McGowan,I have had this problem for over one year now. Over one year ago I have had a high risk situation concerning hiv. I have been sick for the last year with ars symptoms especially swollen nodes in neck and groin region, still...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...EBV), parasitic infections (toxoplasmosis), fungal infections (histoplasmosis), tumors/cancers (lymphoma) among many others can cause prolonged lymph node swelling. The location of the swollen glands is also important since the lymph nodes drain... Read more »

Mouth Sores

A month ago my VL was 250000 and my cd4 was 250. Doctor put me on Atripla. I noticed that I get mouth sores all the time. They come and go as I use over the counter medication. I had them under control but now I got this flu from hell and I got the...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...daily, can be used to suppress herpes in people living with AIDS.Other causes of sores in the mouth include aphthous ulcerations caused by HIV itself, histoplasmosis, and gingival (gum) infections, among other things. As I noted above, it is... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional impairment of cells... Read more »
The Well Project


...Pneumonia? Pneumonia and HIV Conclusion What Is Pneumonia? Pneumonia refers to any inflammation of the lungs, usually caused by a germ (infection). It can involve both lungs, one lung, or one part of a lung. Pneumonia often requires... Read more »
Project Inform

Systemic Candidiasis

...women taking these drugs use effective birth control. In animal studies, using itraconazole or ketoconazole during pregnancy caused birth defects. There have also been four known infants born with severe skeletal problems to women who used... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

What Are Opportunistic Diseases?

...disease is a disease that will most often make you sick given the "opportunity" of a damaged or weakened immune system (weakened because of AIDS, various forms of cancer or other causes). Because these illnesses most often appear when the immune... Read more »
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HIV and Chickens

Posted by wifey, 2 Replies
Hi all...Im new here and I have a question I hope you all can help me with. My hubby is HIV+ and Im negative. Hubbys numbers are pretty good. CD4 370s VL is undectable. He has decided he wants to raise chickens! Im concerned about the chicken... Read more »

What foolish and senseless behavior. Please Help!

Posted by brainshom, 1 Reply
...putting on the condom which might have gotten some fluid onto my fingers. I do not know if I am being paranoid or have serious cause to be concerned about my exposure. About 5 weeks weeks after the incident, my skin started itching on its own... Read more »

ARS Questions

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...swallowing". However, my anxiety has been almost crippling (average of 2 hours of sleep a night for 3 weeks) and this I think has caused bigtime dry mouth which maybe is causing the throat. The throat has been kind of off/on and mild. 9. I've... Read more »

Are They Right?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Why do some people insist that HIV does not cause AIDS and that test is not accurate? Read more »