There is life with HIV

Candidiasis (Candidiasis)

Recurrent Candidiasis was what led Amarilis, a great friend, whose testimony is here in this blog to discover serology itself.

What many do not know, yet, is that she was in a preoperative, and I do not remember what the surgery would be, and between the blood tests appeared the result HIV positive!

And for the sake of saying everything, she was worried because she was suffering from something apparently without a solution…

… Recurrent Candidiasis…

… .This theme has already been discussed here, but I've been looking around, and I saw that this text is better than the previous one and that led me to translate it!

Key Points in Recurrent Candidiasis

  • Candidiasis (Candidiasis) is a common fungal infection treated with antifungal medications.
  • Mild candidiasis in the mouth is relatively common in people with HIV.
  • Good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of oral thrush.

Well, Candida It is a group of common fungi that live on the skin and in the mouth. And yes, they are usually controlled by the immune system. 

However, if your immune system is weakened (this is not a symptom of HIV or AIDS disease), Candida It can grow on mucous membranes (the lining of body passages) or on other parts of the body, causing symptoms known as candidiasis, candida or candidiasis.

However, HIV-negative people may develop candidiasis when their immune systems are temporarily depressed by factors such as stress, smoking ou alcohol or medical conditions like diabetes

Antibiotics May Ease Candida Proliferation

And so keep in mind that if people are taking antibiotics they may, as will be explained in the video, have episodes of recurrent candidiasis, because the antibiotic temporarily kills some of the harmless bacteria that inhabit the body, which would counteract the proliferation of candida, creating an imbalance that allows the Candida Take your place. 

In this way and also, using a type of medicine called inhaled corticosteroid (used to treat asthma and other conditions) can have the same effect. 

Women usually have candidiasis in the vagina, while Men have it manifesting under the foreskin or head of the penis, causing itching, burning and / or pain. 

And note that women are at greater risk of candidiasis when they are pregnant. 

Also, see you: Candidiasis can be transmitted from mother to baby during labor. It is also possible to have candidiasis in the mouth (oral candidiasis) or on the skin.

Even without Immune Deficiency (AIDS)

Thus recurrent candidiasis may appear among people with HIV in the mouth, and this is relatively common even with a relatively high cell count CD4 (above 500). 

Women with HIV appear to have vaginal candidiasis more often than non-HIV-positive women.

However, candidiasis becomes more common with lower CD4 cell counts below 500 which, in theory, would define the “AIDS picture”

😠 Possibility of being AIDS is not Complete Certainty! Having recurrent candidiasis does not prove that you have AIDS! 😠

Recurrent Infections can be a sign of HIV disease progression.  Being on effective treatment for HIV will prevent further damage to your immune system.

And, rest assured, it will lessen the likelihood that you will have serious problems with candidiasis infections, as well as other opportunistic diseases.

Please note and always keep in mind that flu, cold, headache, itching and the damn "rash" are not conclusive symptoms of HIV or AIDS infection.

Similarly, even this “The seroconversion syndrome” it is very nonspecific, and does not provide the necessary accuracy! Understand, and understand well, that the Seroconversion Syndrome has symptoms identical to those of any viruses! Hell!!!!!

Symptoms (I hate this word)

In the gums, tongue, inner face and / or upper throat (oropharyngeal candidiasis), the Candida It grows in white clumps that can be scraped off or cause red spots called erythema.

Vaginal thrush may cause a discharge that may be thick and yellowish white or clear and watery. It may burn when you urinate (pee).

Men may have genital candidiasis without symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include:

  • irritation, burning, itching, redness or red spots under the foreskin or on the tip of your penis
  • a white, curdelike discharge under the foreskin. You may also notice an unpleasant smell.

When I went to live at the support house Brenda Lee, who saved my life, I had two “gifts” from the environment:

An early diagnosis of Active Tuberculosis and a very long and unpleasant series of recurrent candidiasis. The other support house ...

Recurrent Candidiasis and Hell on Earth

Well, it was inside it, an organization of the Catholic Church, that I met Hell on Earth! Recurrent candidiasis no longer abandoned me until I, for thirty thousand reasons, decided it was better to live on the streets, where at least I could defend myself!

Candidiasis on the skin can cause a painful, itchy red rash, which may increase in size and cause a white or yellow curd-like discharge.

Recurrent Candidiasis Diagnosis

It is easy for a doctor or nurse to diagnose candidiasis in the mouth or esophagus by looking at the affected areas. Doctors can take a tissue sample or cotton swab to test the fungus when other parts of the body are affected. They may also have blood tests to look for other conditions associated with candidiasis if necessary.

Candidiasis can be treated with antifungal medications.

There are several pill (systemic) medications available. Seek your doctor!

You can also get some antifungal medicines in other ways, such as a recurrent oral candidiasis solution, creams for skin or nail infections, and vaginal candidiasis creams and pessaries.

You can buy these antifungal treatments over the counter from street pharmacies. However, there may be interactions with some anti-HIV medicines. Therefore, talk to a doctor or pharmacist before taking them.  Taking antifungal tablet treatments is not recommended if you are pregnant.

Some strains of Candida become resistant to *****, especially among people with low count CD4. Either they have been taking it for a long time or several times in quick succession

Get vaccinated! Vaccination is not an evil. The harm is not getting vaccinated

Say no to self-medication! Get vaccinated! Who saw the human drama that is polio knows well what is the lack of a vaccine!

Antifungal drugs can cause side effects like nausea, vomiting e diarrheaSome women think that Using a common moisturizer in the affected area helps relieve symptoms. 

"If candidiasis persists, the right drugs will be effective in preventing it in people with low CD4 counts."

Although not a sexually transmitted infection, there is a small risk of transmitting candidiasis to a partner during sex; therefore, sexual intercourse should be avoided until the infection is cleared.

Topical treatments, such as creams and pessaries, can also damage latex condoms; therefore, be careful if you are using these creams on the vagina or penis. 


If you have had candidiasis before starting HIV treatment, it is quite possible that the problem will disappear as your CD4 count increases and thus Your immune system becomes better at fighting infections.

However, keep in mind, however, that recurrent candidiasis may be part of your life! Take care

If your candidiasis persists, antifungal medications prescribed by your doctor may be effective in treating people with low CD4 counts.

Good personal hygiene will help you recover from candidiasis. Avoid scented soaps, shower gels, underwear or tights (!!!) may reduce the risk of developing candidiasis. 

Dry your genital area properly after washing, as candidiasis flourishes in conditions of higher humidity. Wearing cotton underwear and baggy clothes can help.

 Avoid vaginal deodorants or douches to avoid vaginal thrush. Good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of oral thrush.

Recurrent Candidiasis Complications

Esophageal candidiasis (esophageal candidiasis) is a more serious condition. This form of candidiasis can makes it painful if you eat.

People with severely damaged immune systems may have a complication of candidiasis called invasive candidiasis. If you have a low CD4 cell count and become ill during a thrush (for example, if you have a high temperature, are ill or have a headache), seek medical attention immediately.

Translated by Cláudio Souza do Original Candidiasis (thrush) written by Selina Corkery on March 2017.

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