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What is meant by opportunistic disease?
Last Updated: 28th January, 2020
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Regarding this, what are opportunistic diseases?
Opportunistic infections (OIs) are infections that occur more often or are more severe in people with weakened immune systems than in people with healthy immune systems. HIV-related OIs include pneumonia, Salmonella infection, candidiasis (thrush), toxoplasmosis, and tuberculosis (TB).
what are examples of opportunistic infections? Common opportunistic infections associated with HIV include:
- cryptococcal meningitis.
- PCP (a type of pneumonia)
- oesophageal candidiasis.
- certain cancers, including Kaposi's sarcoma.
Also asked, what is meant by opportunistic infection?
Opportunistic infection: An infection that occurs because of a weakened immune system. The HIV virus itself does not cause death, but the opportunistic infections that occur because of its effect on the immune system can. See also opportunistic condition, opportunistic microorganism.
Can opportunistic infection be cured?
If you develop an OI, there are treatments available, such as antibiotics or antifungal drugs. You can learn more about treating OIs by referring to Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents .