BK virus

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What is BK virus?

The BK virus is a member of the polyomavirus family. Past infection with the BK virus is widespread, but significant consequences of infection are uncommon, with the exception of the immunocompromised and the immunosuppressed.

Common symptoms reported by people with BK virus

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with BK virus

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with BK virus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with BK virus

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with BK virus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has BK virus on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 1
40s 4
50s 8
60s 9
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

59% Female
41% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from BK virus patients who have completed their condition history
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