RA Q&A: Is there an effective treatment for prolonged yeast infection? - Monday, November 21, 2008
Thank you very much for your query to Rethinking AIDS.
First, I would like to make it very clear that I'm not a doctor, and it is also clear that you need advice from a medical professional.
I will observe that all drugs have side effects, that these are often ignored by doctors, and that over-use of medical drugs can cause the very conditions that the drugs are supposed to prevent.
It sounds like you may have taken AIDS drugs for some time, which may have damaged your immune system. Even if anti-fungal drugs are effective they are not rebuilding your body.
You may need to find a health professional who will consider everything you have been exposed to, and how that may have affected your body.
I'm guessing that you're taking Fluconazole (aka Diflucan). If not, you can substitute the name of your drug below.
I'm not recommending this, this lady is selling a book, but assuming she is honest, she found fluconazole ineffective like you and examining the prescribing information concluded it was dangerous. Of course she won't tell you her secrets unless you buy her book, but doing some research into alternatives may help you decide on alternatives for yourself: www.yeastfreelife.com
Note that you may well be able to find books like this at a good public library or used bookstore if you don't want to pay $40 for something that may or may not be useful.
You also imply that the fact that you are getting persistent fungal infections is evidence that HIV exists and causes AIDS. Some of the possible explanations are:
- Yes, HIV exists and causes AIDS and your thrush is caused by immune suppression due to HIV.
- Your immune suppression was caused by AIDS drugs without immune system repair after you stopped.
- The antifungal is not effective in your body.
- The toxicity of the antifungal is actually allowing the thrush to grow.
If you let me know your approximate geographic location I may be able to provide you with the names of naturally oriented doctors who might be able to help you.
President, Rethinking AIDS
I sense your frustration and am sorry for what you're going through with the recurrent infection.
In follow up to David's message to you I wanted to mention that there are several dozen books about how to recover from recurrent, prolonged yeast infection. Many were written by people who suffered from this problem, none of whom ever tested HIV positive, and given the number of published works on the topic, it's quite clear that intractable yeast infection is a very common condition and not one limited to people with positive test results.
I wonder if the AIDS treatment drugs you took for four years included Bactrim or Septra. These are broad spectrum antibiotics that kill the helpful bacteria that keep yeast in check.
In any case, I hope you are able to resolve this soon.
Christine MaggioreAlive & Well, Rethinking AIDS