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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 Health Service Prevention Guidelines on MAC Prevention Introduction Mycobacterium Avium Complex (my-koe-back-teer-ee-um ay-vee-um com-plecks) disease is among the most common bacterial...
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Im scared about taking Reyataz.

Hi there, Thank you for answering my question.Ive been hiv+ for about 16 yrs now...i am now 34 yrs of age..and other than getting MAC in 1999, Ive been pretty healthy. I am currently on Sustiva and Kivexa. My viral load is undetectable and my cd4...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Unboosted atazanavir has had minimal impact on lipid levels and has not been linked to unusual rates of lipodystrophy. Our clinic has a large number of patients on either boosted or unboosted atazanavir for up to 3-5 years now and we are observing... Read more »

MAC MAI prognosis

Let me start by saying, I know I am asking a question that may not be good for others to see an answer to and if you want please respond to my email if you don't want to respond in the public forum.My daughter has been HIV positive for 12 years (she...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's situation. The likely outcome if she is not willing to take medicines is that she will succumb to AIDS-related opportunistic infections. MAC (mycobacterium avian complex) is a very serious condition in... Read more »

VL and vaccines

How long after receiving a vaccination should i wait to get a vl test? I had a flu shot Nov 1st and Pneumonea and Hep A. shots on Dec 10th. Also, on Dec 10th my Dr. gave me 40 mg of prednisone per day for 10 days to help clear up a skin rash. ...
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
Most people would recommend waiting at least 2 weeks, and probably 4 weeks after receiving a vaccination before getting a viral load and CD4 count. Prednisone might affect the CD4 count, either up or down. Since prednison is an immunosuppressant... Read more »

MAC Again?

Hi,I was diagnosed with MAC about five years ago. It was my first and only serious OI even though I had a CD4 count of zero for three years. Now I have been told I have it again. My CD4 count is 207 (31). My doctor says its a recurrence of my old...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
As I responded to the other "MAC again?" question, I think you have an "immune reconstitution syndrome". Ironically, this means your MAC disease is active because your immune system can now 'recognize' the germ in a manner that was impossible when... 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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Clarithromycin (Biaxin)

What Is Clarithromycin? Why Do People With HIV Take Clarithromycin? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Clarithromycin Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Clarithromycin React With Other Drugs? What Is Clarithromycin?... Read more »
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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 »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration Syndrome

What Is Immune Restoration Syndrome? How Was the Syndrome Identified? Bad News -- Or Good? What Problems Can Occur? How Is the Syndrome Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Immune Restoration Syndrome? Some people who start... Read more »
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Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

Triple digits twice in 3 years

Posted by Brian360, 1 Reply
When i finally got on the ball and decided to continue my medication regimen after a drug vacation of nearly two years (yes, I was naive, in denial and feeling quite well up until a certain point) I was at a CD4 count of 1. That was back in June... Read more »

My experience being diagnosed

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I haven't been able to talk to anyone about this experience or what I have been feeling inside about learning I am HIV positive. Reading peoples' experiences on this website have benn a big comfort to me. I was diagnosed with HIV on July 14, 2006.... Read more »

Husband just diagnosed with AIDS

Posted by jillymae06, 8 Replies
My husband of 13 years has just been diagnosed with AIDS... we skipped the HIV+ part and went right to full-blown AIDS. I am scared and angry at the same time. He has battled oral thrush for over a year now and his first doctor never suggested an... Read more »