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Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP)

Based on a small study, if standard therapy doesn't work, patients might be able to use Neutrexin (trimetrexate) combined with Leucovorin (folinic acid.) Can PCP Be Prevented? The best way to prevent PCP is to use strong ART. People who have less than 200 CD4 cells can prevent PCP by taking the same medications used for PCP treatment. Another way to reduce the risk of PCP is not to smoke, or to stop smoking. HIV-positive smokers develop PCP...
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My brother has just been admitted with PCP (also has thrush). He's been HIV positive for a few years, and they're talking about starting him on meds. What types of questions should we be asking. Do you know of any good doctors in the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.I'm sorry to hear about your brother. I'm surprised that if he's been under a doctor's care that he hadn't yet been started on HIV treatments (in light of the fact that he now has PCP).With a... Read more »

TB and PCP

My friend was just diagnosed with HIV/AIDS his cd4 count was 17 I am not sure about his viral load He had many things wrong with him when he went to the ER first MRSA infection in lungs, PCP, and now they are saying he has latent TB in his lungs. I...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
It may be the fact that cultures from sputum or lung material grew MRSA and revealed PCP, but no TB grew in the cultures. Sounds like he had a positive TB skin test which makes him exposed (infected), but without active disease.... Read more »


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.Please comment....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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... Read more »

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 »
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PCP How could you not know ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I read that there are symptoms for PCP but I also read of people just waking up in Hospital with PCP; how can someone not know they have PCP ? Fever and dry cough are not something you do not notice, is it that some people are just completely out of... 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 »

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 »

I'm trying not to scare anyone, but facts are fact

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
In fact I'm not trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to make a kid's game out of the Bulletin Board. I'm just trying to make everyone realize that 99,9% of people doesn't cover all individuals, when talking about tests... I'm sure that 999 of... Read more »