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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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  • Preventing infections

    Because HIV can weaken the immune system, it leaves the body vulnerable to some infections it would normally be able to fight off. These are...

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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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  • 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
  • Researchers look for culprit behind oral health problems in HIV-positive patients

    Researchers want to help HIV-positive patients live better by understanding why their essentially dormant infection is still wreaking havoc in their mouth. Even with meticulous dental hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease, as well as infections by yeast, bacteria, and viruses such as human papillomavirus, continue to plague many patients, said Dr. Josѐ A.

    24 February 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • We urge WHO to act on cytomegalovirus retinitis

    Treatment with a simple pill, valganciclovir, is realistic in every setting. Unfortunately, with no mention of cytomegalovirus retinitis by WHO and no WHO guidelines on cytomegalovirus treatment, there has been little attention to treatment in national programmes.

    31 January 2014 | Lancet Global Health
  • Booster Shots Needed for People with HIV?

    Previous research indicates people with HIV have a reduced immune response to most vaccines, but how does immune response hold up over time—and what are the implications for re-vaccinating with “booster shots”?

    26 January 2014 | BETA blog
  • Meningococcal Disease Risk 10-Fold Higher in People With HIV

    People living with AIDS/HIV (PLWHA) are at 10-fold increased risk for contracting invasive meningococcal disease (IMD), according to a 12-year epidemiologic study published online October 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

    01 November 2013 | Medscape
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