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pls help me answer this ?
Jul 29, 2007

i am hiv postive and have asthma i live in an apartment building i have cock roaches in my apartment i dont no were they came from but could that affect my health badly please help me with this question thank you

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

If you have an allergic component to your asthma and if you are specifically allergic to cockroaches, then there is a possibility your asthma could become more difficult to control living in that environment. There would be no direct effect on your HIV disease. Indirectly, if your allergic asthma flares, you could be more prone to respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia. This in turn places an additional burden on your immune system. Some concurrent infections may cause transient increases in HIV plasma viral load.

My advice would be to check with your allergist or pulmonary doctor to determine if you are allergic to cockroaches (skin test). If so, he will advise you of environmental precautions to help decrease your exposure.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob


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