HIV/AIDS Glossary

Histoplasmosis

A lung infection caused by the fungus Histoplasma. Symptoms include fever, chest pain, and dry cough. In people with weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV, histoplasmosis may spread to other parts of the body, including the brain or gastrointestinal tract. Histoplasmosis (disseminated or extrapulmonary) is an AIDS-defining condition in people with HIV.

Related Term(s): AIDS-Defining Condition, Opportunistic Infection

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