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Vaccines against OIs
Mar 24, 2004

Which vaccines available can one take to prevent the Opportunistic Infections and if one has been taken is it a guarantee not to have that OI .

Response from Dr. Pierone

There are not effective vaccines against the major opportunistic infections available currently. A new trial for a vaccine for tuberculosis is just starting in the U.S. Vaccine against varicella-zoster virus (chicken pox) is now one of the childhood immunizations. The more common OIs that complicate HIV which include pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, Candida, cytomegalovirus, and mycobacterium avian complex are not vaccine preventable at this time.

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