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How To Treat Pneumonia When You Are Hiv Positive

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The Well Project

Pneumonias

...BAL, can be done. In this procedure, sputum is obtained by placing a small scope down the windpipe.) Arterial blood gases are drawn to measure oxygen content (the lower the amount of oxygen, the more serious the pneumonia) Treatment: Antibiotics Oxygen Rest Fluids Other medicines to help make breathing easier When pneumonia is severe, a person may not be able to breathe on her/his own. When this happens, a machine called a...
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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
...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 mention that all HIV-positive folks should receive the pneumococcal... Read more »

Pneumonia and starting haart with a TB precaustion???

I have a friend with streptococcu pneumonia he has been in the hospital for 2 weeks and was also newly diagnosed with AIDS. The doctors are also treating him as a TB precaution even though all the test he had so far were negative of TB. But 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 is difficult to determine the specific reason in this case why HIV treatment would not be started. You are correct, in that HIV treatment and the subsequent increase in CD4 count and overall improvement Read more »

HIV Meds with Pneumonia???

I have a partner 26 years old that didnt know that he was infected with HIV. For months he had chronic diareha, gas, & some muscle spasm problems. Then he had a dry cough for a few months until November he start coughing up mucus and was short of...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...does make a difference what type of pneumonia he has. If it is TB, it can be dangerous to start HIV meds too soon. When you treat HIV, the immune system starts to build itself up quickly and it can attack the TB in such a way that it will cause... Read more »

indeterminae result in advanced AIDS

I have a patient who shows a indeterminate result on western blot he was treated for PCP Pneumonia and has a history of being treated for TB 5 years ago what are the possible reasons?
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
...You don't indicate what the CD4 count was, and if this could be acute HIV infection with a very pronounced reduction in CD4 count, rather than advanced HIV disease. Also, what did the western blot actually Read more »
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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) Read more »
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What Are Opportunistic Infections?

... Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV-Positive People Basic Facts While many viruses Read more »
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Last April, viral load over 500.000 and cd4 count 191. Overwhelming. I've been sad, lonely, on meds, always tired, lost weight, appetite, no one knows, live away from my family, no partner, with an infection on my skin since April that impairs my... Read more »

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...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 »

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