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  • Sexual dysfunction

    While sexual dysfunction can be a problem for anyone, people living with HIV may be particularly affected. Loss of sexual drive or desire (libido), the inability to obtain and...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Cholesterol

    Cholesterol is made in the liver from saturated fats in food. It is a fatty substance found throughout the body. It is essential for the production of...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Managing advanced liver disease

    Over years or decades, chronic hepatitis B or C can cause serious liver disease including advanced fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer). As scar tissue or tumours...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV & hepatitis

    This booklet gives information for people with HIV who also have hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C....

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Symptoms and illnesses

    Effective HIV treatment has dramatically reduced HIV-related illness. But HIV can still make you unwell, as can unwanted side-effects of treatment. Read more here....

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Pneumococcal disease

    Pneumococcal disease is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). The bacteria enter the body through the nose and mouth, directly (when an infected person sneezes...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Influenza ('flu')

    Influenza, usually known as the flu, is a very common viral illness that affects the respiratory tract. There are different types of flu viruses, and different strains...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Other long-term conditions and GP management

    Blood pressure is the force that the beating heart causes in the arteries, veins, and blood vessels that carry blood around the body. If you have high...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Unintentional weight loss

    Weight loss, or wasting, is one of the most common symptoms of untreated HIV infection, and can occur at any stage of infection. It needs...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Stroke

    A stroke happens when a blood clot blocks an artery or blood vessel in the brain, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts....

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Skin problems

    There are three main causes of skin problems in people with HIV: interactions between the immune system and HIV, infections, and side-effects of drugs. Some...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sight problems

    Most people do not experience any HIV-related problems affecting their sight and the use of HIV treatment will prevent the severe damage to the immune...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Pain

    Every day most of us will experience physical pain of some sort. For the most part it will cause only minor discomfort and won’t interfere...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Mouth problems

    Many HIV-related conditions can affect the mouth, causing symptoms such as ulcers, dry mouth and painful lesions. Mouth problems are caused by either fungal infections,...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Nausea and vomiting

    Nausea is a word for the feeling of wanting to vomit or be sick. Most people with HIV will experience nausea and vomiting at some...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Diarrhoea

    Diarrhoea is common among people with HIV. It can be a side-effect of anti-HIV drugs as well as some other medicines, such as antibiotics. Diarrhoea...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Tiredness and fatigue

    Tiredness and fatigue are common problems among people with HIV. There are many possible causes and treatments and there are also things you can do...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • High blood pressure

    Blood pressure is the name given to the force that the beating heart causes in the arteries, veins, and blood vessels which carry blood around...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Diabetes

    Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the body is too high because the body cannot use it properly. Diabetes exists in two...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Blood problems

    Over time, untreated HIV infection usually leads to a fall in the number of blood cells called CD4 cells, which are an important part of...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Lipodystrophy

    This section begins with an overview of metabolic and body-fat changes, including sections on Metabolism - the basics, HIV, HAART and metabolic changes and Treating...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • A to Z of symptoms

    Information on the symptoms commonly experienced by HIV-positive people, as a result of HIV infection or drug treatments, including their causes and what to do...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

    Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

    08 July 2016 | Positively Aware
  • South Africa: Depression risks and HIV – A major problem largely ignored

    Depression is a major issue in South Africa among people living with HIV, but has received little attention. New studies have highlighted strong links between HIV-AIDS and mental illness including depression, heightened risks of violence faced by children affected by the virus, and some ways to tackle the problem.

    09 June 2016 | Medical Brief
  • HIV-infected organs transplanted at Birmingham hospital

    A Birmingham hospital has successfully transplanted two HIV infected organs into patients also suffering from the disease. Liver transplants, from two separate donors, were carried out at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgbaston, in the pioneering procedures. Whilst one patient donated both kidneys in surgery performed at Guy’s Hospital, in London.

    19 May 2016 | Birmingham Mail
  • 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)
  • Older people with HIV face different long-term health challenges

    Canadian researchers collaborated on a massive data analysis project that collected health-related information from more than one million people, a small fraction of whom (less than 1%) had HIV. Overall, HIV-positive people had “more co-infections but fewer chronic diseases” compared to HIV-negative people. Furthermore, they found that HIV-positive people were generally more likely to have experienced “depression and social isolation and the use of psychotropic medicines.”

    24 March 2016 | CATIE
  • HIV identified as leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults

    HIV infection is the leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults, a new study by the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health has found.

    21 December 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • “Can People with HIV Eat Sushi?”: Your HIV & Diet Questions Answered

    These days the top health concerns for people with HIV are the same nutrition and diet-associated health problems faced by other Americans, like becoming overweight or obese. I often worry more about the impact of fast food and soda on my patients than I do about them getting sick from something related to HIV.

    24 November 2015 | BETA blog
  • HPV Vaccination Not Associated with Increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections

    A barrier to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has been the concern that it may promote unsafe sexual activity, but a new study of adolescent girls finds that HPV vaccination was not associated with increases in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

    11 February 2015 | JAMA press release
  • Rare Ocular Syphilis Strikes Six, Blinding Two, in Washington State

    Washington State health officials have reported a cluster of rare syphilis infections of the eyes — detected in six people, two of them stricken blind. Three are HIV-positive.

    30 January 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • Herpes zoster incidence higher among patients with HIV

    Despite declining significantly in the era of ART, the incidence of herpes zoster [shingles] among patients with HIV was still three times that of the general population, according to data published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

    30 January 2015 | Healio
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