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Who Is Most Likely To Get Toxoplasmosis

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Toxoplasmosis

What Is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis (toxo) is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii . A parasite lives inside another living organism (the host) and takes all of its nutrients from the host. 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 CD4 cell (T-cell) counts...
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How can a Dr tell if you have brain tumor or toxoplasmosis?

My cousin has just been diagnosed with HIV. He has had a CT scan that showed an abnormality. But because he has no insurance we have been trying to get a diagnosis without a biopsy. What are other ways to tell if it is a brain tumor or...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Although the best way to get an accurate diagnosis is do to a biopsy, health care professionals will often treat for two weeks with medications which target the toxoplasmosis, an opportunistic infection seen in HIV-infected individuals. Things which... Read more »

toxoplasmosis

Sister was told she had toxoplasmosis in her brain. What is the next step is this able to be treated. She has not been able to hold anything down food,water or her meds. The dotcor is planning a biopsy this week. t-cell are 29 not sure of other...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Persons with Toxoplasma encephalitis (like your sister) have very serious disease and advanced AIDS.There are several therapeutic issues- the first is to treat the toxoplasma. We typically treat this with a combination of antibiotics, like... Read more »

toxoplasmosis with negative antibody?

A few years ago I was told that I had toxoplasmosis-Recently I was given an a test to see if I had toxo-antibodies and the test was negative-when I was diagnosed when I had twelve t-cells-Is this why I never developed anti bodies?- or is it possible...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Sometimes if a person's immune system is sufficiently damaged, s/he may not react normally and produce antibodies to a given germ. In my experience, a negative toxoplamosis antibody is not really reliable to make a diagnosis of toxo when the... Read more »

toxoplasmosi and rashes with low bloodcount

hiwith cd 4 at 40 i had toxplasmosis.two months i took daraprim 50 mg daily and dalacin 1800 mg daily.i developed a rash after one month and after 2nd month.i have to start triterapy soon but am scared of damage.Should it be better to just lower...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your question--I'd agree with your doctor about starting on triple antiviral therapy for HIV in the near future. While it might appear that you have a drug allergy to Daraprim, this should not affect your ability to tolerate... Read more »
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Toxoplasmosis

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 is kalicrow@hotmail.com! thanks again!

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flu like, or cold like?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
When symptoms are described as Flu like are they different from the common cold?
What would be consistent with flu like symptoms?
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Flu-Like Symptoms?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Would Flu-like symptoms start immediately after exposure, like a day or 2, or is there a time period before they start. Also, what is the sore throat like?? Is it raw and hurt to swallow? I had a sore throat after an exposure and a very mild fever.... Read more »