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If I am HIv positive is there a greater risk of contracting Swine flu?

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Updated: Thursday, Sep 03,2009, 3:17:28 PM
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If I am HIv positive is there a greater risk of contracting Swine flu?

Currently, there does not seem to be a greater risk of contracting Swine flu if you are HIV positive but as with all types of flu, there can be complications. It is normal for health services to advise that those living with HIV receive a flu vaccine annually and this is also the case for swine flu.

It has not been confirmed whether those with a CD4 cell count of less than 200 will be at a greater risk of complications but they should always seek medical advice from their HIV clinic if they start to suffer from flu like symptoms which persist or worsen despite antiretroviral treatment. It can be the case that they are not suffering from swine flu or flu but instead the symptoms could be an opportunistic infection, mistaken for flu.


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