Opportunistic infections occur in people whose immune systems have
been weakened by a disease, such as AIDS. An opportunistic infection may cause
serious, even life-threatening, illness.
Opportunistic infections that are common in people who have AIDS
include Pneumocystis pneumonia, tuberculosis, and
toxoplasmosis. Treatment for opportunistic infections depends on the type of
infection and the original disease.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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