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West Nile Virus
Oct 9, 2000

I live in Washington DC where they have just detected the West Nile Virus. I'm not seeing anything about this issue on any of the HIV internet resources. I have about 700 T cells, but have been positive for over 10 years. Are there precautions I should be taking? Who really are the people at risk (do I not really have something to worry about with a relatively healthy immune system?)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Response from Dr. Feinberg

West Nile virus seems to target older people. There are no data to suggest that people with HIV are more susceptible to West Nile. If you are concerned, you can use insect repellant on exposed areas you go out, esp. at dawn and dusk, and can wear long sleeves and long pants to minimize exposed areas.


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