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how to reduce travel stress if you have hiv

For people with special health needs, travel can be risky to their health. If you have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the virus that causes AIDS – you should have all the facts. Travel, especially to developing countries, can increase your risk of getting opportunistic infections.

(They are called “opportunistic” because a person may get the infection when their weakened immune system gives it the opportunity to develop.) The best thing you can do when you travel is to know the medical risks and to take steps to protect yourself.

Talk to your doctor about your travel plans before your trip.
Take special care with food and water.
Protect your health (and the health of others) just as you do at home.