Q What are some common infections that HIV+ people can contract?
After you were diagnosed as HIV positive (HIV+), you were probably told to protect your health more vigilantly than ever. Even on days where your viral load is low, you are vulnerable to contract infections that can keep you out of work—or even in the hospital—for weeks on end.
Here are a few infections that HIV+ people are prone to contract:
- Bacterial infections. If you have been in and out of the Colon Wellness Center at Barnabas Health, you should know that many episodes of recurrent diarrhea are caused by bacteria in the blood. HIV+ patients are likely to contract bacterial infections from salmonella (resulting in diarrhea that requires hospitalization and rehydration), Nocardiosis (a lung infection that causes breathing and neurological problems), and other bacterial infections that can require many courses of IV antibiotics throughout the year.
- Viral infection. In addition to the human immunodeficiency virus, you are also at increased risk of contracting additional viruses such as herpes, shingles, and Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML), any one of which can spread quickly and prove resistant to treatment.
- Fungal infection. Many different types of fungal infections can prey on patents with weakened immune systems. The most common include yeast infections on the skin, urinary tract, mouth, intestines, or vagina; aspergillosis, which causes flu-like symptoms and eventual pneumonia; cryptococcosis, which can cause fever, chest pain, dry cough, fatigue, and a swelling of the stomach; and mucormycosis, which affects the brain, lungs, and sinuses.
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