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Are opportunistic infections the final stage aids?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes typically but...: Opportunistic infections or ois typically occur in the final stage of aids. However, some ois can occur at earlier stages prior to an aids diagnosis too. In addition, patients with HIV may also die without having had an oi too. Because of therapy, HIV patients are living longer and we are seeing more heart, liver, kidney disease as the cause of death.
Dr. Bates Moses
Palliative Care 22 years experience
Possibly: This could be a sign of aids developing from HIV itself. Could be 'final stage' if no longer responding to haart (anti-viral treatments) which should help prevent most opportunistic infections once the HIV viral load is suppressed. If otherwise stable most of these infections have specific treatment options.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about aids and opportunistic infections?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Caused by HIV: Aids is a clinical syndrome caused by infection with hiv. Over time HIV weakens the immune system. As the immune system wanes, the person has an increasingly difficult time fighting off infections from which a person with a "normal" immune system would typically not suffer, a.K.A. "opportunistic" infections. These can include other viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Hope this helps.

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