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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > HIV: Preventing Infections
Medicines and vaccines are used to prevent infections and certain diseases (opportunistic infections) that are more common in people with HIV.
Generally, infection with HIV doesn't make people sick, except for the flu-like illness that may develop shortly after they become infected. Most people who are infected with HIV get sick because their immune systems become weak and cannot fight off other infections. So preventing opportunistic infections is an important part of treatment for HIV.
If you have been diagnosed with HIV infection, make sure that you and your partner are up to date on the following immunizations:
Also check to see if you need the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine or the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, or both.
Talk with your doctor about getting the shingles shot. If your CD4+ count is too low, you should not get this vaccine.
Work with your doctors to decide which medicines to use, based on:
Current as ofJune 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicinePeter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
Current as of:
June 9, 2019
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
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