|could I really have PCP?
Feb 11, 2000
On a recent vacation I went to an urgent care facility and was diagnosed/started treatment for asthma-induced bronchitis (I'm not asthmatic but was wheezing badly and couldn't catch my breath). Upon my return home approximately 10 days later I visited my doctor who started treating me for PCP. I've been poz for 10 years now, not taking any meds, no previous problems, viral load around 20,000 and t-cells 600+.....could I really have an aids related illness? with my "numbers" I couldn't believe his diagnosis but thought, hey, he's the doctor and besides the treatment couldn't hurt me...(it did.....after 7 days I had a horrible reaction to the bactrim and subsequently was switched to mepron). I'm fully recovered now but my doctor wants me to continue the mepron(forever?) as a prophylactic. He couldn't confirm his diagnosis without a bronchostopy (sp?) but said if I'm hiv positive and have pneumonia then it's aids related pneumonia...PCP. Can you help me out here? I'm a little confused.
Response from Dr. Feinberg
I don't agree with your doctor. PCP with a T cell count of 600 would be extraordinary (it occasionally happens at T cells above 200, but really shouldn't at your level because your high count means your immune system is still pretty sound). Lots of HIV+s get garden-variety kinds of pneumonia-- after all, these germs are powerful enough to make people with entirely normal immune systems sick. In your case I would not advise chronic preventive therapy for PCP; I sincerely doubt that was what you had.
Active pneumocystis pneumonia
- Acute Hiv And Acne
- Hiv Early Symptoms And Acute Bronchitis
- Will Chlamydia Show Up Within 3 Weeks Unprotected Sex?
- When You Have A Herpes Outbreak Do You Get A Sore Throat?
- What Are My Chances Of Getting Chlamydia From Someone Who Already Has It?
- Vinegar And Water For Bacterial Vaginosis
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.