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Can You Be HIV Positive and Suffer From Allergies?

10/23/2005

Question:

If HIV involves an underactive immune system and allergies are an overactive immune system, is it possible to be HIV positive and suffer from allergies?

Answer:

The answer is yes. In fact, HIV-infected individuals seem to suffer more allergies to antibiotics than non-HIV-infected individuals. The immune mechanism associated with allergic responses is different than that associated with HIV. 

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Response by:

George S Deepe, Jr, MD George S Deepe, Jr, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director of Infectious Diseases
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati