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AIDS/HIV - Common Opportunistic Infections

HIV weakens the immune system, increasing the individual’s vulnerability to several opportunistic infections. These OIs may also indicate the progression into the AIDS stage of the infection. Common OIs are Kaposi’s sarcoma, Candidiasis, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes simplex virus, TB, malaria, MAC, and pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP).

At our support group, learn how to prevent these opportunistic infections, or if infected, the best ways to manage them. Interact with other patients facing the threat of OIs and also with doctors who will give you trusted medical advice.


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1. Who should provide care to HIV/AIDS affected persons?

Health care workers at various levels of the health care delivery system, social workers and counselors, and close family members who are important care providers at home. Care basically involves clinical management, nursing care, counseling and social support.

2. What is the Global HIV/AIDS program?

Global HIV/AIDS Program was created in 2002 and it aims to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic across all social and economic sectors. It facilitates learning and knowledge sharing on addressing HIV/AIDS.

3. Is it possible to be infected with HIV through contact with animals such as dogs and cats?

No. HIV is a Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It only affects humans. There are some other types of immunodeficiency viruses, which specifically affect cats (SIV)

4. How well does HIV survive outside the body?

Scientists and medical authorities agree that HIV does not survive well outside the body, making the possibility of environmental transmission remote.

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