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HIV & AIDS Health Center

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Opportunistic Infections in HIV - Topic Overview

Opportunistic infections and diseases occur in people whose immune systems have been weakened. They usually do not occur in people who have healthy immune systems. When the immune system is weakened by a disease such as HIV infection, opportunistic diseases may cause serious, even life-threatening, illnesses.

Opportunistic infections that are common in people who have AIDS include:

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Today, HIV-positive people have many options for AIDS and HIV medication. These options include: Anti-HIV medications that treat HIV infection Drugs that treat side effects of the disease or HIV treatment Drugs that treat opportunistic infections that result from a weakened immune system Researchers are continuing to develop many new types of AIDS and HIV medications.

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People who have AIDS are more likely to develop certain cancers, such as:

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