Unformatted text preview: When a person has progressed to AIDS, an opportunistic infection is usually present. This infection may be Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia; Cryptosporidium diarrhea; encephalitis due to Toxoplasma gondii ; severe eye infection and blindness due to cytomegalovirus; candidiasis of the mucous membranes and esophagus due to Candida albicans ; meningitis due to Cryptococcus neoformans ; or herpes simplex, tuberculosis, or cancer of the skin known as Kaposi's sarcoma. These opportunistic infections are treatable with various drugs, but the AIDS patient is constantly fighting one or the other, and it is difficult to retain the will to continue resisting. As of 1996, close to 600,000 cases of AIDS had been recognized in the United States, and approximately 400,000 patients had died. Also as of 1996, two types of drugs were available to inhibit the multiplication of HIV. One group is Also as of 1996, two types of drugs were available to inhibit the multiplication of HIV....
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- Fall '08
- Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, severe eye infection, possible vaccines. Tests