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Does PCP only affect a person with HIV virus?
Nov 22, 2001

My husband has PCP. Does this mean that his is a carrier of the HIV virus or AIDS?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

PCP can occcur in other immunodeficient states, such as lymphoma or severe protein-calorie malnutrition. Most people are infected with Pneumocystis when they are small children, and this is either an asymptomatic infection or winds up being diagnosed as just another respiratory infection to which young children are prone. Healthy adults do not get symptomatic PCP.


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