Key messages

• The onset and types of infection associated with HIV are dependent on CD4 lymphocyte counts.

• Respiratory infections at high CD4 counts are usually bacterial infections or tuberculosis; at lower counts pneumocystis and fungal infections become more common.

• Septicemia follows similar principles as for non-HIV patients.

• Neurological involvement includes acute myelopathy, neuropathy, encephalopathy, encephalitis, mass lesions, and meningitis

• Cardiac and renal disease, although later findings, may occur and carry significant morbidity and mortality.

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