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Swine flu and HIV-infected People
May 2, 2009

Any special precautions that people with HIV should take in the face of swine flu?

Are there interactions between HIV meds and swine flu meds?

should i get a flu vaccine now if I didnt get one before the winter?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

No, none is being recommended at this time. (See below.) But stay tuned and we'll keep you posted, OK?

Dr. Bob

Swine Flu Apr 30, 2009

Hello Dr. Bob. I am asking this question in hopes that you will respond and people will read it.

What additional precautions (besides the normal ones) can an HIV positive person take in regards to this swine flu that is one step away from becoming a pandemic?

Thanks, Dr. Bob, and God bless.

Sincerely,

Joe

Swine flu (H1N1 flu) and concerns for people living with HIV

A total of 141 cases of swine flu are now confirmed in 19 states. One death has occurred in Texas. The US government has heightened its investigation and reports will be updated as they are known. Project Inform is concerned that all people living with HIV have the information they need as this story develops. We are committed to providing reliable information and resources as they have been developed. Below are points for HIV-positive people to consider, along with appropriate links, including the CDC's Interim Guidelines for people with HIV. Check Project Inform's website for more information.

POINTS TO CONSIDER:

Those who have recently traveled to Mexico or have come in contact with them may be at risk for this flu. The CDC now recommends that people avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico.

Report any change in health to your health provider as soon as you recognize symptoms. Symptoms of swine flu are typical flu symptoms: fever, fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat and trouble breathing, among others. Limit contact with others if you're feeling flu-like symptoms, except when seeking medical care.

Avoid crowds of people or individuals who appear to have flu-like symptoms.

Wash your hands often throughout the day, and avoid touching your face with your hands.

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (zanamivir) may be prescribed by a doctor. The CDC reports that these are effective against this strain of swine flu. These products have not been well studied in people with HIV. Consult Project Inform's publication, Flu Season and Living with HIV, for general information on the flu.

Recommendations may change over time as more is learned.

RESOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control; Homeland Security; CDC Interim Guidance; Swine influenza and you; Swine flu and you.



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