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  • 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
  • Factsheet 2. HIV treatment for adults: starting treatment when you have another health condition

    This factsheet summarises the recommendations relating to starting HIV treatment for people with some of the more common health conditions affecting people with HIV. ...

    From: BHIVA guidelines: summaries for patients

  • Winter viral illnesses

    This factsheet provides basic information on common winter viral infections: colds, flu, pneumococcal disease and winter vomiting bug. During the winter months most people, regardless of their HIV status,...

    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
  • Cholesterol

    Cholesterol is made in the liver from saturated fats in food. It is a waxy substance that is found throughout the body. It is essential...

    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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  • HIV-infected adults diagnosed with age-related diseases at similar ages as uninfected adults

    HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers say these illnesses are occurring at similar ages as adults who are not infected with HIV.

    10 December 2014 | Science Daily
  • HIV-positive patients with lymphoma should no longer be excluded from receiving blood stem cell transplants as treatment

    HIV-positive patients with lymphoma were previously excluded from receiving autologous blood stem cell transplants as treatment, because of concern that these patients’ compromised immune systems would have a higher risk of infection and poor graft function due to their need for HIV medications. Results from the clinical trial, presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) meetings, show the concern of additional risk is unfounded.

    08 December 2014 | Business Wire (press release)
  • Gay men 'should get anti-cancer jab'

    The HPV vaccine should be given to men who have sex with men, according to the government's experts. It is is already given to schoolgirls in the UK, but there have been calls for the vaccination programme to be extended. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation now recommends offering the jab at sexual health clinics to men who have sex with men, aged between 16 and 40.

    12 November 2014 | BBC News
  • IDWeek 2014: Efavirenz Not Linked to Suicide in Analysis of Insurance Records

    The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor efavirenz (Sustiva, also in the Atripla single-tablet regimen) was not associated with a higher rate of suicidal thoughts or attempts in an analysis conducted by manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), researchers reported at the 2014 IDWeek meeting last week in Philadelphia.

    16 October 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Polypharmacy Hinders HIV Drug Adherence

    Among HIV-positive patients, concurrent use of medications is associated with nonadherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to research published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

    29 September 2014 | Pharmacy Times
  • Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

    Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.

    17 September 2014 | BETA blog
  • Leading parliamentarians support HPV vaccination for boys

    Six leading parliamentarians have today declared their support for vaccinating boys against HPV infection. Their joint statement said: "In our view, all adolescent boys should be offered the vaccine."

    09 September 2014 | HPV Action
  • HIV infection linked to lower multiple sclerosis risk

    HIV infection is linked to a significantly lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), indicates observational research published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

    05 August 2014 | Medical Xpress
  • Common HIV Drug May Boost Suicide Risk

    A medication commonly used to treat HIV appears to double the risk that patients will develop suicidal thoughts or take their lives, new research contends. The finding concerns the anti-HIV drug efavirenz, which is marketed as Sustiva.

    02 July 2014 | Web MD
  • Gardasil cleared for anal cancer prevention in EU

    The European Commission has approved a new indication for Sanofi Pasteur MSD's human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, giving the nod for it to be used in the prevention of anal cancer.

    19 June 2014 | PMLive
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