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Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia Diagnosis

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PCP Diagnosis Despite Negative HIV Test Result

My boyfriend tested negative for HIV five weeks ago. Last week while away onbusiness he suddenly became very ill with a high fever and dyspnea. A localdoctor after taking chest x-rays diagnosed him with bacterial pneumonia andprescribed him an...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...would be extremely rare. An HIV testshows positive by 6 months after infection, and usually remains positive forlife. PCP (Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia), and other opportunisticdiseases, do not usually begin until an average of 10 years after... Read more »

Does 13% CD4 (< 14%) give me an AIDS diagnosis? (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2009)

This site has really been my best source of information and education and for that I am very... Read more »

Defining AIDS (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION, 2010)

If a persons cell count bounces back up above 200, or they beat an opportunistic infection, they... Read more »
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San Francisco General Hospital

Update: Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia

...progressive. Onset of illness is often subtle in these patients, and low-grade symptoms are typically present for weeks before diagnosis. Data from the Pulmonary Complications of HIV Infection Study, a multicenter prospective cohort study of... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Does PCP Prophylaxis Improve Survival in Patients With HIV Infection?

...carinii pneumonia. N Engl J Med 1991; 324: 1079-83. 6 . Leoung et al. Aerosolized pentamidine for prophylaxis against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. N Engl J Med 1990; 323: 769-75. 7 . Martin et al. A comparison of the... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

HIV Treatment and Diagnosis in the United States

...be 15% based a review of published literature. Studies of emergency department patients and hospitalized patients with acute pneumocystis carinii pneumonia have found previously undiagnosed HIV infection in ten to twenty-four percent. ( 9,... Read more »
The Body

Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

...ever been. It's completely possible for many people with HIV to live their lives no differently than they had before their diagnosis (although healthier living becomes more important, and having safer sex is always critical). However, because... Read more »
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Mystery Diagnosis casting- Lipodystrophy Stories

Posted by mysteryd08
...We are currently casting for the eighth season of Mystery Diagnosis. We profile stories of people dealing with rare medical conditions or diseases who have struggled to find a diagnosis, and have Read more »

Recent AID's Diagnosis: What should I expect?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I am a hetereosexual, non-drug user who has been living with HIV for 13 years. I was just officially Diagnosed with AIDS because of my percentages (11%). My CD4's are 262 and Viral 1801. I didn't realize how uneducated I was on AID's until now. ... Read more »

IN THE THROWS OF A RECENT DIAGNOSIS OF POSITIVE

Posted by Anonymous, 10 Replies
WELL .,HERE i AM AT 52....having survived the first and second waves of HIV as a gay man in NYC in 1975-1983..and find myself now...in 2006 facing this disease ...like you all are.. I am a hep c survivor...took that treatment and tolerated it... Read more »

STILL unsure of diagnosis

Posted by dj1979, 7 Replies
An update - or not....went to another place to be tested, rapid test POSITIVE, although line was faint - had blood drawn AGAIN to confirm (?) - results Monday. Hubby also got tested - he is NEGATIVE!!! Guy I had affair with has opted NOT to get... Read more »