Leishmaniasis and HIV infection


Ermak T.N.

Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare, Moscow
The paper reviews the literature on the problem that becomes increasingly relevant due to the pandemic of HIV infection and the high incidence of leishmaniasis worldwide. At the present time leishmaniasis has become one of the opportunistic infections taking the lives of patients with AIDS in the endemic regions and in some of them visceral leishmaniasis is a main cause of death in the HIV-infected. The steady rise in the HIV epidemic in the Russian Federation, expanding tourist routes, including those to visceral leishmaniasis-endemic regions, and the possible contamination with both infections through parenteral drug use can result in the occurrence of cases of this co-infection in our country. As a reminder about this, the authors give a brief description of the first patient with HIV infection concurrent with visceral leishmaniasis.

About the Autors


For correspondence:
Еrmak Tatiana Nikiforovna, MD; Leading Researcher, Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare
Address: 3a, Novogireevskaya St., Moscow 111123
Telephone: +7(495) 366-05-18; +7(495) 365-30-09
Е-mail: ermak@hivrussia.net


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