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What Kind Of Person Can Get Toxoplasmosis

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AIDS InfoNet


...pork, lamb, or deer meat. It can get into your body when you breathe in dust. Up to 50% of the population is infected with toxo. A healthy immune system will keep toxo from causing any disease. It does not seem to spread from person to person. The most common illness caused by toxo is an infection of the brain (encephalitis). Toxo can also infect other parts of the body. Toxo can lead to coma and death. The risk of toxo is highest when your...
Ask the Experts

hiv, aids, toxoplasmosis, epilepsy

Hello dear doctor and thank you very much for your answers here!I have hiv for about 6 years now, got diagnosed in august last year.I got toxoplasmosis in february this year and having epileptical attacks time to time.At the moment I'm taking...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Toxoplasmosis can result in seizures which can be recurrent. I have cared for numerous patientts with your condition. Daraprim is a treatment Read more »

Brain Mass; Toxoplasmosis infection versus lymphoma

Dear Dr. DezubeMy cousin is a 42yr old male, HIV+ since Jan 01. At that time he had Lymphoma in the stomach area, CD4 cells 50, viral load 50,000, was treated with chemo and came out fine. In Oct 01 he had Toxoplasmosis, was also treated and came...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...A brain mass in an HIV-infected individual is always quite concerning. As you query indicates, the majority of these brain masses are either toxoplasmosis (an opportunistic Read more »

Reactive Lymp Node and Toxoplasmosis

I had reactive Lymp Nodes in my shoulder surgically removed this weekend. The Dr. believes (still awaiting pathology report) that a toxoplasmosis was the cause. I do not have cats, but my children have 2 bearded dragons, one of which died this...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine (wear disposable gloves, wash your hands thoroughly) because reptiles carry other kinds of germs that are dangerous for people with weakened immune systems. People can get toxo from raw meat as well as from handling kitten feces. And there... Read more »

toxoplasmosis and starting HIV treatment

I have just been diagnosed with toxo and HIV.My CD4 count is 5.Yet they tell me I cant start antiviral treatment for another 3 months
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...In general, this seems like not a great idea. While some people might be concerned that awakening your immune system by treating HIV might cause an over-reaction to the toxoplasmosis in your Read more »
InfoRed SIDA


...parásito de la toxoplasmosis. Un sistema inmune sano mantiene al toxoplasma bajo control. No parece ser transmitido de una persona a otra. La enfermedad más común causada por el toxoplasma es una infección del cerebro (encefalitis). El... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

OI Update: Toxoplasmosis

...infection is greater than 90% in adults. Toxoplasmosis is the principal opportunistic infection of the central nervous system in persons with advanced HIV disease, and individuals who are seropositive for T. gondii are at very high risk for... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole, Cotrimoxazole

... What Is TMP/SMX? Why Do People With HIV Take TMP/SMX? What About Drug Resistance? How Is TMP/SMX Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does TMP/SMX Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...count) goes down. This is a sign that the immune system is being weakened. The lower the CD4 cell count, the more likely the person will get sick. There are millions of different families of CD4 cells. Each family is designed to fight a specific... Read more »
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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 Survivor, 1 Reply
...most rapid epidemic growth in the world occurs here. It's estimated that Ukraine has between 70,000 and 200,000 HIV-infected persons, most of whom face incredible stigma and alienation. That stigma, combined with the low pay for health care... Read more »

Whose this person in the mirror that looks like me

Posted by soimnotalone, 2 Replies
...definate change in our----I am so scared more for her then me it's like we are just meeting each other. Plus I never been a big person so now that I am gaining weight (according to the scale from 84-104 in 1 month) I am happy but I only notice... Read more »

does any one know where to send blood

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 6 Replies
...I need to know if anyone knows where to get tested for type O and N or any other weird strains of HIV I have many symptoms but continue to test negative even though I have stuff like persistent Read more »