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IJHSR. 2014; 4(1): 93-101

Opportunistic Coccidian Intestinal Parasitic Infections in Asymptomatic HIV Patients with Special Reference to Its Correlation to Immune Status and HAART.

Roshni Agarwal, Prashant K. Parandekar.

Objective: The present study was undertaken to detect opportunistic parasites in HIV/AIDS patients without diarrhoea and its correlation with different levels of immunity (CD4 Count) and status of HAART.
Materials and Methods: Sixty stool samples from HIV seropositive patients with various other chief complains, but without diarrhea, attending BLDE University’s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Bijapur, were included in the present study. Stool samples were examined by standard parasitological methods. HAART treatment status and CD4 counts of these patients were noted.
Results: Thirteen of sixty samples studied were positive for coccidian parasites. Cryptosporidium species was predominant (18.33%) followed by Cyclospora infection and mixed infection (1.67% each). Modified Kinyoun’s acid fast staining could identify maximum number of coccidian parasites. All positive cases (13) were with CD4 count

Key words: Coccidian parasites, CD4+ T cell count, HIV, HAART

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