Mar 23, 2003
PCP is a hallmark of AIDS disease in the US and Western Europe. How is it possible that this widespread signature of AIDS in the West isn't seen much in Africa? The PCP fungus is as widespread there as it is in the developed world.
Response from Dr. Wohl
Conventional wisdom has it that persons living in resource poor countries with AIDS do not live long enough to develop PCP at the rates seen in the West. In fact, in much of the World tuberculosis (TB) is the respiratory infection that claims the lives of persons with AIDS and HIV.
In areas where there is less TB, more PCP is seen. DW
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