Opportunistic Infections in HIV

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Topic Overview

Opportunistic infections and diseases occur in people whoseimmune systemshave been weakened. They usually do not occur in people who have healthy immune systems. When the immune system is weakened by a disease such asHIVinfection, opportunistic diseases may cause serious, even life-threatening, illnesses.

Opportunistic infections that are common in people who haveAIDSinclude:

People who have AIDS are more likely to develop certain cancers, such as:

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease

Current as ofNovember 18, 2017