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How Do You Know If You Have Pcp

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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 »


Posted by Anonym, 2 Replies
What are the symptoms of PCP...if you have been through it please let me know..thanks Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
does pcp manifest itself like allergies? I am having some trouble with what I think are allergies. They come and go but i dont think its normal.. i have never felt this before.. It also happens mostly at night time. Anyone have PCP ??? what have... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
does pcp manifest itself like allergies? I am having some trouble with what I think are allergies. They come and go but i dont think its normal.. i have never felt this before.. It also happens mostly at night time. Anyone have PCP ??? what have... Read more »

Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia (PCP)

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello all. Does anyone know of any newer meds for the prevention of another episode PCP? I have tried with fail: Bactrim (allergic to sulfa), Dapsone (causes severe rashs), Pentamidine (if anyone has ever used it you'll know what it does). I am... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Treatment of pcp

Hi! I am a doctor working in a rural hospital in south africa.i am would like to know if there is any proven benefit of iv bactrim over oral bactrim in the treatment of pcp in children....
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Not that I know of. Usually the IV route is chosen when the patient is too suck to reliably absorb oral antibiotics. If it's a mild case and absorption isn't an issue, then oral mediciation should work just as well.... Read more »

PCP treatment and prognosis

Dear Dr. Gallant, A friend of mine is in the hospital with PCP. He has had AIDS for a few years, and his T-cell count iscertainly below 200. While he looked awful the first day or so--his skin was positively gray, and he had troublebreathing--by the...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
PCP is considered to be a curable disease, although after the 21 days of therapyare finished, it's still necessary to take medications to prevent it from comingback (prophylaxis). PCP is a less common cause of death these days, primarily... Read more »


My Partner has been in bed the past 2 weeks and has developed thrush all over his mouth and tongue and he is refusing treatment and going to the hospital. I belive he may have PCP Pnemonia. My question is how much longer will he live if he keeps...
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
As you most likely know, his situation represents an advanced case of AIDS, and in the absence of OI prophylaxis or HIV treatment, the situation is grave. If pneumonia is truly present, death is likely soon in the absence of treatment. As you also... Read more »

PCP prophylaxis

Dear DW,First of all Id like to thank you for your response to my question about Splenectomy pre-HIV diagnosis on 18th November 2002 it was extremely helpful.My new dilemma: Although I havent started ARV just yet my doctor started me on PCP...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hi-Can you tell me your most recent CD4 absolute and percentage before I answer?DW... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

You Can Prevent PCP in Children: A Guide for People With HIV Infection

PCP is the most serious infection among children with HIV. It can be fatal. PCP can be prevented and treated. TMP-SMX, also known as Bactrim, Septra, or Cotrim* , is the best medicine for preventing and treating PCP. Early diagnosis and... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP)

What Is PCP? How Is PCP Treated? Can PCP Be Prevented? Which Drug Is Best? The Bottom Line What Is PCP? Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP or pneumocystis) is the most common opportunistic infection in people with HIV. Without treatment,... Read more »
Project Inform

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? ... Read more »
InfoRed SIDA

La Neumonía por Pneumocystis (PCP)

¿Qué es la PCP? ¿Cómo se Trata la PCP? ¿Se Puede Prevenir la PCP? ¿Qué Medicamento es Mejor? ¿Se Puede Prevenir la PCP? En Pocas Palabras ¿Qué es la PCP? La neumonía por Pneumocystis (PCP por sus siglas en inglés) es la... Read more »