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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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  • 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
  • Social cocaine use 'dangerous' according to researchers

    Sydney University researchers have found that people who use cocaine ‘socially’ are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    06 May 2014 | Gay News Network
  • CROI 2014: Chronic lung disease is prevalent and under-diagnosed in people with HIV

    Even though the incidence of most HIV-related respiratory complications and opportunistic infections have declined dramatically since the advent of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), 4 studies presented at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Boston showed that people living with HIV are still at increased risk...

    28 April 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • HIV Independently Predicts Cardiovascular Disease in US Women

    HIV infection--independently of classic risk factors--nearly tripled the risk of cardiovascular disease in a study of more than 2000 women in the US Veterans Aging Cohort Study [1]. Higher heart disease risk with versus without HIV held true regardless of CD4 count. But women with a viral load below 500 copies did not have a higher cardiovascular disease risk than women without HIV, whereas women with a viral load above 500 copies did.

    07 March 2014 | NATAP
  • Special issue: mental health needs of older adults living with HIV

    This issue addresses some of the complex and evolving mental health needs of older adults living with HIV.

    21 February 2014 | American Psychological Association
  • Why This Man Was Refused a New Lung

    People with HIV are still excluded from some life-saving organ transplants, based on guidelines that omit the most current science.

    17 February 2014 | The Atlantic
  • US HIV+ MSM have higher stroke rate - Framingham score too low

    Ten-year stroke rate was almost 2 times higher in HIV-positive US men who have sex with men (MSM) than in HIV-negative MSM, and the Framingham Risk Score underestimated stroke risk in men with HIV.

    03 February 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • US: Activists rally for equal access to transplants for patients with HIV

    Family and friends of a 29-year-old man who died after being refused a lung transplant call hospital policies unjust

    20 December 2013 | Al Jazeera America
  • Congress Votes To End The Outdated Ban On HIV Organ Transplants And Research

    On Tuesday, the House of Representatives gave final approval to the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that will end a 25-year ban on using HIV-positive donors’ organs for any purpose, including medical research.

    13 November 2013 | ThinkProgress
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