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What are some infections and cancers I could get because I have AIDS?

There are multiple different infections and cancers you can get if you have acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). These are called opportunistic infections and are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Some of the common ones include thrush (yeast infection of mouth, esophagus or vagina), Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), recurrent bacterial pneumonia, meningitis (caused by Cryptococcus, a fungus) and shingles (reactivation of the chicken pox virus). AIDS-related cancers include anal cancer, cervical cancer, Kaposi sarcoma and lymphoma. If you have AIDS it is important to see your healthcare provider frequently so that antiretroviral treatment can be optimized (decreasing your risk of the opportunistic infections) and any opportunistic infection or cancer can be diagnosed and treated.

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