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Is pneumonia a sign of hiv
Feb 25, 2001

I've been involved in a monogomous relationship for 2 years. Before this relationship I had unprotected sex with 2 individuals. I recently went to the ER because I had a fever and I was having difficulty breathing. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia. I'm 17. Is it normal for a person my age to catch such a disease? I'm worried because, although I had an hiv test done about a year ago, I never went to see the results. If the test was positive would the hospital have to contact me? I know I should probably be tested again, but I'm nervous because I read that pneumonia often brings people to the doctor where they are then diagnosed with hiv. Also, I have a 17 month old son, by the person i have been involved with for the last 2 years. If he were infected with hiv, wouldn't he be very sick right now?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Pneumonia is a common infection in both HIV-s and +s, but HIV+ people are more likely to get frequent recurrences of pneumonia. The kind of pneumonia that brings people to the doctor that is commonly connected with HIV is a special kind of pneumonia called "PCP". It doesn't sound like you have PCP. For peace of mind I suggest you get retested and return for the results this time. Babies born with HIV usually get sick before they are 18 months old, but not always.

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