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Does PCP Prophylaxis Improve Survival In Patients With HIV Infection

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How to Prevent PCP

Introduction How Can I Tell if I Have PCP? CD4+ Cell Counts Who Is at Risk of Getting PCP? How Do I Prevent Myself Getting PCP? Your CD4 Cell Counts Special Concerns for Pregnant Women and Children When Should I Start Preventive Treatment? Can I Ever Stop Preventive Therapy? What Medicines Are Used to Prevent PCP? How Do I Get the Medicines to Prevent PCP? The Bottom Line Introduction PCP usually infects the lungs and...
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PCP Prophylaxis Question

have a question about starting prophylaxis for OIs. My boyfriend was diagnosed HIV positive at the end of November 2009. We received his lab results back last week, & his CD4 was 75; his viral load was 136,000. His ID doctor started him on...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
WTF?Prevention for pneumocystic pneumonia is recommended for all persons with CD4 counts less than 200 (or with a clinical diagnosis of AIDS). Bactrim (trimethoprim/sulfa, or it's alternative, dapsone) is inexpensive (generic) and usually very... Read more »

pcp transmission?

I recently met a woman and had sex with her (unsafe intercourse),we both have hiv, she hasn't been under a doctors care for a couple of years and got admitted to hospital with pcp yesterday (4-23-08). Her cd4 count is probably very low. The...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I agree having unsafe sex was definitely a lapse in judgment.Can you catch PCP? No, not with your excellent CD4 count. PCP (pneumocystis carinii pneumonia) is an opportunistic infection. Opportunistic infections become a problem for HIVers... Read more »

antibiotic prophylaxis for HIV

Is there another antibiotic than Bactrim to use by HIV patients as prophylaxis against opportunistic infections?...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Dapsone and aerosolized pentamidine can be used to treat and prevent PCP pneumonia in patients allergic to bactrim... Read more »

CML patient w/PCP

Dear Dr. Feinberg,My husband has had CML for 8 years. We had no idea his immune system was so weakened. 24 days ago he was hopitalized, 21 days ago he was put on a vent and diagnosedwith PCP. He has 5 chest tubes, trac was moved to his neck on 3/18...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
people with CML are very prone to infections, and your husband's immune system must be severely weakened to have come down with PCP. Sometimes, the damage done to the lungs by PCP prevents people from getting better, even though they have ben... Read more »
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My husband was sick with PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My husband was diagnosed with AIDS last month after getting very
sick with PCP. I tested negative (I also tested negative when I
donated blood two years ago.) We have been married for nine years
and have two children over five. My husband has been... Read more »

Untreated PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi,

I have a friend who has made it known that he is refusing any further medical treatment. He has recently been diagnosed with PCP. Knowing that untreated PCP is a one way street, can anyone tell me what to expect, or even tell me what to tell... Read more »

I AM AT WITS END WITH PCP PREVENTION

Posted by southerncharm, 1 Reply
I have used Bactrim only to discover that I'm allergic to sulfabiotics; finding out the hard way was not fun. I switched to Dapsone and within a week I had hives again, at that point I decided to switch doctors because I was also dealing with a... Read more »

Fiance in the hospital with PCP

Posted by schedir81, 4 Replies
Hello, I just brought my girl to the hospital today and she is being treated for pcp. She stopped taking her meds around 3 to four years ago after an incident in her life threw her in complete denial.

She was afraid of me leaving her and for not... Read more »