HIV: Opportunistic infections, treatment of cryptococcosis

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Cryptococcus neoformans is a yeast sensitive to amphotericin B (Fungizone®) and flucytosine (Ancotil®). Fluconazole (Diflucan®) can also be used and has the great advantage that it can be given orally. This makes prophylaxis possible, though this medication is very expensive. The cost of the medicament brings into questions whether it is worthwhile detecting cryptococcal infection in developing countries. The patient and/or his family can be ruined financially. The combination of antifungal drugs and gamma-interferon is being studied.

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