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Who Is At Risk For Cryptococcal Meningitis

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Cryptococcal Meningitis

The Bottom Line Cryptococcal meningitis occurs most often in people with CD4 cell counts below 50. Although antifungal drugs can prevent cryptococcal meningitis, they are usually not used because of their high cost and the risk of developing drug-resistant yeast infections. If you get meningitis, early diagnosis might allow treatment with less toxic drugs. Contact your health care provider if you have headaches, a stiff neck, vision problems,...
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Cryptococcal Meningitis

Ok, so my partner brought a friend over to the apartment the other day. We went to the movies and she shared my drink and used the same straw, and ate from my popcorn. When we got home she started talking more about her self and told a story about...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Risk for contracting cryptococcal disease from an exposure as you describe to be very remote. KH... Read more »

cryptococcal Meningitis (HIV Negative)

My husband died 2 weeks ago from cryptococcal Meningitis he was only 41 & he DID NOT have HIV. He worked inside a Brewery. The guys would have to go up and clean the roof and silos because of built up bird droppings. (Do they need to hire...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
I am very sad to hear of your loss. I don't know if any of the anwers will help heal that pain.Cryptococcal infections can occur in people who are on steroids, have lupus, cancer, leukemia, have organ transplants, or have congenital immune... Read more »

cryptococcal meningitis

My brother has full blown aids (t cell count less than 3) and has been diagnosed in the past week with cryptococcal meningitis. My mother has spent the past week staying with him in his apartment. They have shared food and drink (he insists it is...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Your brother is correct-- your mother is not at any particular risk of catching or passing on cryptocoocal infection.Your brother desperately needs to be on potent combination therapy for HIV if he is going to survive long term. Please urge him to... Read more »

Cryptococcal Meningitis

Friday January 06, 2006 5:30 PM I'm at at a loss here. My partner, who has been pos for nearly 20 years now, has contracted CM (according to our ID doctor). What we don't understand is that based on "the literature"...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I have seen several patients with cryptococcal meningitis with CD4 cells > 300-350 forinexplicable reasons. There are also scattered reports in the literature. For patients who have had a splenectomy the CD4 count is often... Read more »
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Aseptic Meningitis and ARS

Posted by MikeinAsia, 1 Reply
I need help. I'm freaking going crazy. I had unprotected sex with sex workers while in Manila.
8 days later I woke up with a very stiff neck on both sides. Lymph nodes not swollen, no fever- checked everyday, headaches, but i did keep checking my... Read more »

Aseptic Meningitis

Posted by MikeinAsia
I need help. I'm freaking going crazy. I had unprotected sex with some sex workers while in Manila.
8 days later I woke up with a very stiff neck on both sides. Lymph nodes not swollen, no fever- checked everyday, headaches, but i did keep checking... Read more »

Meningitis ARS Related?

Posted by lp77, 2 Replies
I'm SO scared. Okay here's my story I caught meningitis but Im worried it could be ARS. I recevied oral from a girl. We went to the movies and she gave me oral and I fingered her. I'm not clear if I fingered her then pull my penis out but im sure if... Read more »

aseptic meningitis

Posted by uhohblita, 1 Reply
my psyciatrist said that aseptic meningitis gives you a neck so stiff that you cant move. so stiff that the person could lay on one chair and put their head on another separate chair and their body would remain stiffed and propped up on the chairs.... Read more »