Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2010, Volume: 3, Issue: 2, Pages: 199-203
B. Bharathi, S. Sivasankar and G. Swamidoss Daniel*
P.G. and Research Dept. of Microbiology, PRIST University, Thanjavur - 614 904, Tamil Nadu, India.
HIV/AIDS continues to spread globally and remains a worldwide pandemic. In the present study, a total number of 100 biosamples were collected from the HIV positive patients attending the Social Welfare Organizations and HIV Counseling and Testing Centers of Teaching hospital of Trichy in India were enrolled and screened. Bacterial pneumonia and bacteremia occur at a higher frequency among HIV infected patients. Opportunistic infections (OI) are most common in immunocompromised patients which are the leading cause of death in HIV-infected patients. To create awareness among HIV patients for taking control or preventive measures against the opportunistic bacterial and fungal infections, an analysis was done in this present study. Appropriate use of antibiotics against these OI may be one of the strategies to extend the life span of the AIDS patients.
Keywords: HIV, AIDS, immunocompromised patients, opportunistic infections.
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