Jul 3, 2007
Hi Doctors. Thanks for the help you are offering to all of us who are new to living with HIV. I was recently diagnosed +. I had my baseline CD4 at 229 and my Viral Load at 25,000. My doctor started me on Kaletra and Combivir. I began taking it 6 days ago. Side effects have generally been manageable, with a little stomach discomfort, diarrhea, headache and small rash in my elbows (this last one I think is a side-effect, not sure). However, today, the sixth day of taking meds, I have developed a dry cough and, stuffy nose, that I think drips into my throat and makes it itchy and produces very small amounts of sputum. I have not had any fever, though. And generally feeling well. I am concerned this could be PCP instead of a regular cold (it's rainy season where I live in central america). Can this OI appear, even when I just started taking the meds and with my CD4 above 200? Have not had any previous OI's. Thanks for your help.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Your symptoms would be unusual for PCP and more likely from allergic or viral condition. I would inform your HIV specialist so he/she can monitor your symptoms/status over the next week. KH
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