Opportunistic Infection

An illness caused by various organisms that typically affect individuals with compromised immune systems.


 caused by pathogens (bacterial, viral, fungal or protozoan) that usually do not cause disease in a healthy host.


 Persons living with advanced HIV infection suffer opportunistic infections of the lungs, brain, eyes, and other organs. Opportunistic infections common in persons diagnosed with AIDS include Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia; Kaposi sarcoma; Cryptosporidiosis; histoplasmosis; other parasitic, viral, and fungal infections; and some types of cancer.


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