. An illness caused by an organism that usually does not cause disease in a person with a normal immune system. People with advanced HIV infection suffer opportunistic infections of the lungs, brain, eyes, and other organs.
Opportunistic infections common in AIDS patients include Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia; Kaposi's sarcoma; shigellosis; histoplasmosis; other parasitic, viral, and fungal infections; and some types of cancers. See also Histoplasmosis; Kaposi's Sarcoma; Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP).
Opportunistic Infection (OI):SFAF
an illness caused by a microorganism
that usually does not cause disease in persons with healthy immune systems,
but which may cause serious illness when the immune system is suppressed.
Common OI in HIV positive people include Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia
(PCP), Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.
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