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Who Is At Risk For Pcp

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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? Can I Ever Stop Preventive Therapy? What Medicines Are Used to Prevent PCP? How Do I Get the Medicines to Prevent PCP? The Bottom Line Introduction PCP usually infects the lungs and...
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PCP onset

I was wondering if you could tell me if you can determine how long a patient who has a viral load of six hundred and fifty thousand and a CD4 count of 32 would have had PCP for. Or when PCP infection could have started...
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
Unlikely to you could determine that. People become at risk for developing PCP at a CD4 count of around 200, and so could have been a risk for developing PCP for many months or years before they reached a CD4 count of 32. In general, people may have... Read more »

undetected viral load and PCP

My doctor has encountered two of his patients that had an undetectable viral load who developed PCP. For this reason he thought that it would be best if I started back on my bactrium. He was unsure of why this happened and I was just wondering what...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
While having an undetectable viral load will lower your risk for developingopportunistic infections, it is the CD4 count that gives you the mostinformation about risk for complications. If the viral load is undetectablebut the CD4 count remains... Read more »


Hello! When I first got PCP about a year ago I had fever and tightness in the lungs. It was treated successfully, now my tcells are much higher (right around 200), I'm on Mepron as prophylaxis (I'm allergic to Bactrim), but I'm...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
With T cells around 200, your risk of PCP should be decreased, but no form of prohphylaxis is perfect. Sometimes PCP can cause some scarring in the lungs, although we used to see this more commonly in people who haaaaaad more than one episode. You... Read more »

New regime and PCP???

I am very allergic to Bactrim and Dapsone. I have been on Aerosolized Pentamidine for 5 years. I am about to add Retinovir to my Crixivan/Combivir regime at the suggestion of my ID consultant. My CD4 has been 350. My T helper cells are about 20%....
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
You can safely discontinue your AP prophylaxis treatments. With a total CD4 cell count of 350 and an undetectable viral load, your risk for recurrent PCP is close to zero. If, in the future your CD4 cells decline for some reason and are once again... Read more »
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Untreated PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

I have a friend who has made it known that he is refusing any further medical treatment. He has recently been diagnosed with PCP. Knowing that untreated PCP is a one way street, can anyone tell me what to expect, or even tell me what to tell... 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 »


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