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  • PCP

    PCP is a form of pneumonia caused by a common organism, Pneumocystis jiroveci (previously called Pneumocystis carinii), which is a type of fungus. This organism...

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  • Septrin (cotrimoxazole)

    Septrin or Bactrim are brandnames for a combination of antibiotics called cotrimoxazole. Cotrimoxazole is the main drug used to treat and to prevent PCP (Pneumocystis...

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  • 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,...

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  • A to Z of illnesses

    Information on the common symptoms experienced by people with HIV or AIDS, and details of opportunistic infections, drug side-effects and other illnesses....

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  • 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 | Healthline
  • Antibiotic crisis bigger than Aids as common infections will kill, WHO warns

    The report, Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance focuses on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as sepsis, diarrhoea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea.It found that antibiotic resistance is present in all areas of the globe and is growing.

    30 April 2014 | Daily Telegraph
  • More Research called for into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in African children

    Researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have called for more research to be carried out into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in children in sub-Saharan Africa.

    23 April 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • Sean Strub: Whitewashing AIDS History

    In my book, I recount how slow the federal government was in publicizing the use of Bactrim and other sulfa drugs to prevent PCP (the pneumonia that was then the leading killer of people with AIDS) in addition to its long-time and well-known use to treat PCP.

    11 March 2014 | Huffington Post
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