About AIDS

"Looking Out for Your Eyes" Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the most common eye disease affecting people living with AIDS. It occurs in approximately 20% of individuals with CD4 counts below 200. Although CMV can affect many organs in the body, the most common CMV infection occurs in the retina portion of the eye and can result in damage to eyesight.

Retinal infection with CMV can distort vision and, if untreated, may cause blindness. CMV attacks the retina by causing swelling and progressive deterioration. Treatments are available to stop progression, but there are no treatments to repair damage caused by infection. Therefore, early detection and treatment is very important in order to preserve eyesight and prevent serious infection.

On Saturday, March 8, 10:30am, Dr. G. Scott Sawyer, a Houston eye specialist, well known for his expertise in the management of CMV disease, will offer a presentation on early care and treatment options for CMV disease. Dr. Sawyer's presentation is free and open to persons living with HIV disease, their significant others, and health care providers. It will be offered at the Canteen building on the grounds of the Austin State Hospital, 4100 Guadalupe.

The presentation will provide general information about CMV disease including early warning signs. There will also be an opportunity to receive information about self-screening, which, according to Dr. Sawyer, puts the person in a position to be his or her own best friend in preserving vision. The presentation will conclude with information about the role of medical management and various treatment options.

For more information, call Sylvia Lopez, ASA Wellness Programs, at 406-6162.


Raquel Tanner, RN
ASA Nursing Program Coordinator

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