Author(s): Lockwood DN, Weber JN, Lockwood DN, Weber JN
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Abstract 'Illnesses no one's got' was the epidemiological clue that led to the identification of AIDS as a new disease in 1981 when a rare infectious organism Pneumocystis carinii was seen in previously healthy homosexuals. Since then a wide range of parasite infections has been recognized in AIDS patients. However, these patients are not susceptible to just any passing parasite. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) produces a specific immune defect and only parasites that can exploit that defect will be able to flourish. In this review Diana Lockwood and Jonathan Weber explore the spectrum of parasite diseases recognized in AIDS and also consider those parasites that occur infrequently in AIDS. Analysis of parasitic infections that AIDS patients do not suffer from will yield valuable information about immune recognition and handling of these parasites.
This article was published in Parasitol Today
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research