Diarrheal Disease and HIV

Diarrhea can occur as a side effect to certain HIV/AIDS drugs. The severity of the diarrhea depends on the person as well as the drug being taken1.


Diarrhea is one of the most common illnesses associated with HIV/AIDS. Because HIV/AIDS suppresses the immune system, diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients can often be deadly.



Key measures to prevent diarrhea include2:

  • access to safe drinking-water
  • improved sanitation
  • exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life
  • good personal and food hygiene
  • health education about how infections spread
  • rotavirus vaccination

Read more at LifeStraw®

1NAM AIDS Map. Diarrhoea.

2WHO. February 2017. Diarrhoeal disease fact sheet.

Malaria Research

IR Mapper is a tool that helps inform vector control strategies by mapping insecticide resistance in mosquitoes that transmit malaria, Zika, Dengue and other mosquito borne diseases. This helps inform vector control strategies.


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