Anyone can become infected with toxoplasmosis. The parasite is found throughout the world.

You're at risk of serious health problems from toxoplasmosis infection if:

  • You have HIV/AIDS. Many people with HIV/AIDS also have toxoplasmosis, either a recent infection or an old infection that has reactivated.
  • You're undergoing chemotherapy. Chemotherapy affects your immune system, making it difficult for your body to fight even minor infections.
  • You take steroids or other immunosuppressant drugs. Medications used to treat certain nonmalignant conditions suppress your immune system and make you more likely to develop complications of toxoplasmosis.
  • You're pregnant. If you have active toxoplasmosis, treatment can reduce the risk to your baby. If you had toxoplasmosis before becoming pregnant, you generally can't pass the infection to your baby.
Jul. 24, 2014

You Are ... The Campaign for Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Make a difference today.