Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
         
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Am hiv positive getting dry cough how to control iy

Mar 5, 2017

Hi am recently tested and found hiv positive am having dry cough some times 100 to 200 times a day suggest how can i over come from it

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

There are many causes of cough from allergy and asthma to acid reflux to bronchitis or pneumonia, to name a few. The fact that your coughing so much suggests that whatever the cause of your cough, it needs urgent medical attention. If you are recently diagnosed, it's relevant to know that other health symptoms or laboratory test results are as this influences the types of things that might be going on.

I'm concerned that as you're recently tested, you might not yet be on HIV (antiretroviral) therapy. As such, it's quite possible that you have serious immune deficiency and have risks that your cough could be the harbinger of an AIDS-related lung issue such as Pneumocystis pneumonia.

HIV medications are recommended world wide by the World Health Organization to be initiated as soon as possible after one's diagnosis, irrespective of clinical symptoms or CD4 cell count. An important issue is that only a minority of countries have national guidelines that actually recommend universal treatment. Our HIVpolicywatch website tracks the status of country-level recommendations.

In sum, I'd recommend getting linked to a HIV care provider, get a prompt evaluation of your cough and any other symptoms, and if you are not yet on HIV medications, consider starting as soon as possible.

I hope that this is helpful and wish you good health. BY



Previous
Is food with Genvoya necessary
Next
Switching meds

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

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.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement