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  • Septrin (cotrimoxazole)

    This antibiotic is needed by people who have a low CD4 count.It prevents infection with pneumonia and toxoplasmosis.Higher doses can also be used to treat pneumonia.Some...

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  • Mouth problems

    Mouth problems are more likely to occur in people with low CD4 counts.They can be caused by either fungal, viral or baterial infections. You are...

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  • Pneumococcal infections decrease in patients with suppressed HIV

    Pneumococcal infections among patients with virologically suppressed HIV decreased significantly in recent years, according to data from a retrospective, case-controlled study.

    08 November 2016 | Healio
  • WHO confirms antiretroviral therapy reduces the risk of life-threatening HIV-related infections

    Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on 15 June 2016.

    22 June 2016 | World Health Organization
  • Cryptococcal meningitis: a blind spot in curbing AIDS

    Cryptococcal meningitis, a co-infection of HIV, is a leading killer of patients with AIDS worldwide. Yet it receives little global attention.

    15 April 2016 | The Lancet (requires free registration)
  • New approach to HIV management in Tanzania and Zambia reduces deaths by almost one-third

    A new approach to care for patients with advanced HIV in Tanzania and Zambia combining community support and screening for a type of meningitis has reduced deaths by 28 percent, according to research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    11 March 2015 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

    HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

    07 January 2015 | Science Daily
  • HIV boosts pneumococcal risk 24 times in nationwide Danish study

    HIV infection raised the risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) - one of the main causes of bacterial pneumonia - more than 24 times in a nationwide Danish comparison of people with and without HIV infection. Among people with HIV, smoking and injecting drug use boosted IPD risk.

    18 November 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • NHS England: make sure your clients get flu vaccination

    NHS England has sent a letter to healthcare charities, including HIV charities, asking them to remind their clients that they are eligible for free seasonal influenza vaccinations and should get them. The flu vaccine is available from your GP and you are eligible for it if you have HIV.

    13 November 2014 | NHS England
  • Unusual immune cell needed to prevent oral thrush, researchers find

    An unusual kind of immune cell in the tongue appears to play a pivotal role in the prevention of thrush, according to the researchers who discovered them. The findings might shed light on why people infected with HIV or who have other immune system impairments are more susceptible to the oral yeast infection.

    07 October 2014 | Science Daily
  • Study of Meningitis Vaccine Effectiveness for HIV-Positive People Urged

    At least one New York City man who was in a recent cluster of three men who had meningitis was previously vaccinated against the bacteria, but may have had a reduced immune response because he is HIV-positive.

    03 October 2014 | Gay City News
  • Fungus Behind AIDS Deaths Found Growing on Trees in Southern California

    A middle school student's science experiment leads to a surprise finding about an all-too-common fungus. “One shouldn’t be afraid of trees,” Springer told Healthline, “but if you are sick, you may not want to be sawing down a tree, which would cause the fungus to disperse and cause exposure.”

    24 September 2014 | Science Speaks
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