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HIV and Respiratory Infections
Aug 29, 2012

I have read once and again that HIV is not in itself a risk factor for frequent or more prolonged colds, given the distinction between humoral immunity and t-cell immunity. However, the WHO does list "recurrent respiratory infections" as being part of Stage 2 of HIV infection. So, by having HIV am I more prone to colds or not?! Thank you

Response from Dr. Henry

Recurrent pneumonias can be due to HIV infection. Some HIV patients do have more frequent and severe upper respiratory/sinus infections. HIV pxs doing well on treatment generally have flu, colds at a roughly similar rate and level of symptoms similar to those in the general population. KH



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