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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:46 PM
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HIV patients at higher risk from flu, WHO says
GENEVA, May 2 (Reuters) - People with HIV are at high risk from the new flu strain that the World Health Organisation said is on the verge of a pandemic, the WHO said on Saturday.

The United Nations agency said people with immunodeficiency diseases -- including the AIDS virus -- will most likely be vulnerable to health complications from the H1N1 strain, as they are from regular seasonal flu, which kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people a year.

HIV and the new flu strain could also mix together in a dangerous way, as has occurred with HIV and tuberculosis, the WHO said in guidance for health workers on its website.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2516414.htm
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:48 PM
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1. This could be a big problem for Africa. nt
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Dark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:48 PM
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2. Isn't this kind of like a 'duh' thing?
n/t
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:49 PM
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3. Yeah. But folks here will accuse the OP of spreading panic.
And that there is never anything to fear from flu.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:50 PM
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5. Except for those 30,000 or so who die from it year in and year out.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:12 PM
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8. I wouldn't.
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Dark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:44 PM
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9. True.
While there is justification to fear the flu (and especially the swine flu) for said HIV+ people, the elderly and young, most don't have too much to worry from the flu (at least at this point).

Still, this thing could certainly become very dangerous, so I understand letting people know about it.
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:49 PM
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4. I was just going to say that
You beat me to it. :P
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:11 PM
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7. Common sense, thing - yes. Compromised immune systems are easier to infiltrate.
Still, not everybody knows that. Communication is essential too.

I don't see it as a 'duh' issue.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:04 PM
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6. let me be the first to say it
DUH!

anyone with a comprised immune system has a higher risk

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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:47 PM
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10. Well NO DUH!!! HIV attacks the immune system...
:crazy:
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