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Medicines and vaccines are used to prevent infections and certain
diseases (opportunistic infections) that are more common in
Generally, infection with HIV doesn't make people sick, except for
the flu-like illness that may develop shortly after they become infected. Most
people who are infected with HIV get sick because their
immune systems become weak and cannot fight off other
infections. So preventing opportunistic infections is an important part of
treatment for HIV.
If you have been diagnosed with HIV infection, make sure that you and
your partner are up to date on the following immunizations:
Also check if you need the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Work with your doctors to decide
which medicines to use, based on:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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