opportunistic infection

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opportunistic infection

n.
An infection by a microorganism or virus that normally does not cause disease but becomes pathogenic when the body's immune system is impaired, as in AIDS patients.
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Noun1.opportunistic infection - any infection caused by a microorganism that does not normally cause disease in humans; occurs in persons with abnormally functioning immune systems (as AIDS patients or transplant patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs)
infection - the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
aspergillosis - an opportunistic infection by a fungus of the genus Aspergillus; characterized by inflammation and lesions of the ear and other organs
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Translations
maladie opportuniste
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Effect of prophylaxis on the clinical manifestations of AIDS-related opportunistic infections. Clin Infect Dis 1998; 26: 806.
There also has been a shift in causes of death, with fewer young people dying from AIDS-related opportunistic infections and central nervous system disease and more succumbing to end-stage AIDS with multiple organ failure, or to sepsis or renal failure, Dr.
Finally, clarity about interactions between hormonal contraception and ARV therapy (or other medications used to treat AIDS-related opportunistic infections) is needed.