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Pneumococcal Vaccine and HIV

People who are infected with HIV are much more likely to develop pneumonia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends pneumococcal vaccination for anyone infected with HIV. If it has been more than 5 years since you have had a pneumococcal vaccination, one booster shot is recommended to complete the vaccination series.

This vaccine does not protect against Pneumocystis pneumonia, a common disease in people who have HIV.

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If you've just found out you're HIV-positive, you may feel overwhelmed, fearful, and alone. Know that you are far from alone. Countless people and resources are available to help you and the more than 1 million HIV-positive people living in the U.S. today. It may help to remember that being HIV-positive is not the virtual death sentence it once was. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). But being HIV-positive does not necessarily mean that you already...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised April 8, 2010

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Last Updated: April 08, 2010
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