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How does having a cold affect you if you have HIV/AIDS?

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HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, kills or damages cells in the immune system, your body's defense against germs. This makes it more difficult to fight infections like a cold. When you get sick, you're also more likely to get complications such as pneumonia.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold" and "COPD -- Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cold and Flu: Tips on Feeling Better."

American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People With High Blood Pressure."

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 18, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold" and "COPD -- Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cold and Flu: Tips on Feeling Better."

American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People With High Blood Pressure."

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 18, 2020

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