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Forum Name: AIDS

Question: need information please

 AidanJ - Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:02 pm

My uncle, who has been living with AIDS for some time now, has recently taken ill. He was diagnosed with something called "Mac" (not sure I'm spelling it right, I only heard it over the phone) apparently related to his cats. I can't find any information on thils anywhere. What is it? What are his chances of pulling through this particular infection? He als o may have cancer in his shoulder. Does AIDS cause and increased risk for or resistance to cancers? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:38 pm

MAC stands for Mycobacterium avium complex which consists of 2 predominant species, Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium intracellulare. It is not connected with cats..

An environmental source of infection is difficult to determine. MAC has been isolated from household and hospital water supplies. Other potential associations include ingestion of raw fish or hard cheese, daily showering, and occupational exposure to water.

The disease is transmitted by inhalation through the respiratory tract and ingestion via the mouth.

The disease connected with cats and found in some AIDS patients is Toxoplasmosis. AIDS increases the risk of developing some cancers. His prognosis depends on his CD4 cell count and response to treatment for MAC.

Dr Anthony Solomon

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