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How To Treat Pneumonia When You Are Hiv Positive

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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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Pneumonia/Contagious/HIV+

I am HIV Posititve and a friend of mine is in the hospital with Pnuemonia. I was wanting to visit him but am afraid it would put me at risk of possible infection. My viral load is 270 and my CD4 is 677. I was diagnosed 6 months ago and have never...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Some types of pneumonia are more contagious than others; however, considering your high CD4 count, I would not anticipate any problems resulting from your visiting a hospitalized friend being treated for pneumonia. On a related note, I should... Read more »

treating pneumonia among other things

Hello,I was diagnosed with TB and HIV in January of this year. I was started on TB therapy and ARVs immediately (CD4 count of 4). Stopped ARVS after 2 weeks due to bad reactions. Started ARVs again after two months of TB treatment. My CD4 count...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If you have a sensitivity to sulfa often Dapsone will still work to prevent pneumocystis pneumonia. Your blood test results are indeed encouraging though if viral load doesn't clearly drop further I would ask if a protease inhibitor boosted... Read more »

PCP or Viral Pneumonia?

We are a couple and we have been diagnosed hiv positive almost four years ago, in the meantime We have been totallyasyntomatic until a week ago, when both of us stared (at the same time) with fever, joint tendreness, dry cough,malaise. Our chest X...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
By the time you read this, I hope you have been diagnosed and treated and are doing better. But I'll make a few general comments, anyway.If you both have PCP it is pure coincidence, as PCP is not felt to be transmissible from person-to-person.... Read more »

I got pneumonia and I'm not on meds yet.

I went to a doctor with a bad cough, congestion, lung pain and I just found out I am HIV positive and I got pneumonia. I don't know yet what my cd4 levels are. What can my doctor do to help me survive this infection and get my cd4 levels...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.Sorry to hear about your situation; without knowing your CD4 counts or type (cause) of your pneumonia, it's difficult for me to offer precise information. The essential thing right now is to identify the cause of... Read more »
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Pneumonia

Posted by hello123, 3 Replies
If someone with HIV had pneumonia, would they be able to recover with regular antibiotics? Thank you for reading this and please respond. Read more »

SEEKING FERTILITY DOCS WHO TREAT POSITIVE COUPLES!

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello Friends,

My husband and I are both positive and have been researching having a baby for 2 years. We are both healthy with undetectable viral loads and high cd4 counts and we are well aware of the risks. I know under the Americans With... Read more »

Flu or pneumonia shot ...?

Posted by srchanfrans43, 1 Reply
Anyone know if the shots still are cross reactive with antibody tests.....? If so what's the time to wait after a shot to take an antibody test ? Read more »

I need help. Is it possible to contract pneumonia

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Lately, for past month I have had random spells where I just dont feel well. Most recently I have started coughing.(last 2 days.) 2 days before the coughing started I had a constant headache for two days. I know my body because I do not get sick... Read more »