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Opportunistic Infections

A collection of important resources that provide vital information about opportunistic infections, their treatment and prevention.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease which has been classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an AIDS-defining condition.

Signs and Symptoms of HIV/AIDS
Understanding the signs and symptoms of HIV allows us to proactively treat (and even avoid) certain infections well before they occur.

How Long Can I Expect to Live After Getting HIV?
Studies show that 20-year-old HIV-positive person on antiretroviral therapy in the U.S. can now expect to live into their early 70s.

Cryptococcosis - Cryptococcal Meningitis
Extrapulmonary cryptococcosis (which includes cryptococcal meningitis) is classified by the CDC as an AIDS-defining condition.

HIV Microscopy in Pictures (16 Images)
Through the use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scientists now have a far greater ability to investigate the ultrastructure of HIV.

Salmonella Septicemia
Salmonella septicemia is a condition wherein the presence Salmonella bacteria triggers a potentially life-threatening, whole-body inflammation.

A Guide to Cytomegalovirus Retinitis (CMV Retinitis)
CMV retinitis is a common problem for people living with AIDS. CMV eye infections can be serious and result in blindness if not treated promptly. What is cytomegalovirus, and why does it cause eye infections?

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and HIV Infection
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is an AIDS-defining illness in people with HIV if lasting over a month or presenting in the lungs, bronchi or esophagus.

Cystoisosporiasis - Isosporiasis
Isosporiasis is an parasitic infection of the intestines classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an AIDS-defining condition.

A Guide to Tuberculosis (TB)
This guide to tuberculosis (tb) will help you understand what it is, how it is passed from person to person, and what can be done to treat it.

A Guide to Cryptosporidiosis
Learn what you need to know with this guide to the parasitic infection cryptosporidiosis.

A Guide to Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
A comprehensive guide to CMV that will help you understand this infection and how you can avoid it.

A Guide to PCP
Informational Guide that gives the facts about pneumocystis.

A Guide to Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)
Learn about this potentially serious opportunistic infection, Mycobacterium avium complex; commonly known as MAC.

HIV and Cervical Cancer
While cervical cancer can develop in both HIV-infected and non-infected women, the incidence among women with HIV can be as high as seven times greater.

Coccidioimycosis (Valley Fever)
Coccidioimycosis is a fungal disease associated with HIV-related immunosuppression and is commonly known as "Valley Fever."

Symptoms of HIV by Stage
While HIV provides the opportunity for infections to develop, the symptoms are generally the result of a specific opportunistic infection.

Prophylaxis - Definition - HIV/AIDS
Prophylaxis medications can be used to either prevent either the acquisition or transmission of HIV, or the development of opportunistic infections.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is in the news almost everyday. This infection can be very mild to very serious. What is MRSA and what can you do to decrease your risk of getting the infection?

Folliculitits...the infection that gets under you skin
Folliculitis...irritating and annoying. What is it and what can be done about it?

HIV Wasting Syndrome - Definition
HIV wasting syndrome is defined as progressive, involuntary weight loss which is not attributable to any condition other than HIV infection itself.

Get the Facts on Kaposi Sarcoma
Get the information you need to know about this potentially fatal HIV-associated illness.

Immune Reconstitution Syndrome
Rebuilding the immune system is possible with the advent of HIV medications. But immune reconstitution syndrome can result. What is immune reconstitution syndrome?

Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is one of hundreds opportunistic infection. But what exactly is it.

Urethritis - Another Sexually Transmitted Disease
There are millions of cases of urethritis each year around the world. This infection can strike anyone who is sexually active. What exactly is urethritis and how does it spread from person to person? How can it be treated?

Opportunistic Infections Fact Sheets
A simple fact sheet about the most common OI's.

Sinusitis...Not Just Another Headache
Sinus infections are an all to frequent and very uncomfortable problem. This feature will help you cope with this infection and offers treatments to relieve the symptoms.

PML...What is it?
PML is a complicated and very serious opportunistic infection that strikes people living with HIV and AIDS. Here are some facts about Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy.

Preventing Infections from Your Pets
Infections from your pets does happen. But you don't need to get rid of your pet. This guide will teach you how to own pets safely.

The Deadly Intersection Between TB and HIV
The deadly intersection between TB and HIV is a real one that has to be addressed in each patient living with HIV. All people infected with HIV should be tested for TB, and, if infected, complete preventive therapy as soon as possible to prevent TB disease.

Thrush...There is a Fungus Among Us
Thrush can affect anyone with any CD4 count. This annoying problem can be treated if recognized.

How to Identify Kaposi Sarcoma
While diagnosing Kaposi Sarcoma requires a biopsy, now what type of lesion to look for.

Histoplasmosis - Defintion
Extrapulmonary histoplasmosis, a potentially fatal fungal disease with worldwide distribution, is classified by the CDC as an AIDS defining condition.

When should I go to the emergency room?
Everyone gets sick now and again. But when does an illness require a trip to the emergency room?

Hairy Leukoplakia - Definition - HIV-Associated Oral Infections
Hairy leukoplakia is commonly seen oral lesion in people with HIV which manifests with characteristic white "hairy" patches on the side of the tongue.

Top 10 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Tuberculosis
Lung Disease Guide Stacey Lloyd answers the 10 most asked questions about Tb.

HIV and The Importance of Food Safety
One area that is often overlooked in HIV care is the importance of food safety.

How to Identify Kaposi Sarcoma
While diagnosing Kaposi Sarcoma requires a biopsy, now what type of lesion to look for.

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