Cytomegalovirus (CMV) RetinitisJAMA Most adults in the US have been infected by cytomegalovirus, although the virus usually does not
cause disease in healthy people. Because the virus remains in the body for life, it can cause disease if the
immune system becomes severely damaged by disease or suppressed by drugs. CMV retinitis is an eye
disease common among people who are infected with HIV. Without treatment, people with CMV retinitis
can lose their vision. CMV infection can affect both eyes and is the most common cause of blindness
among people with AIDS.
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