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Pneumocystis is a
fungus that can sometimes cause
pneumonia in people who have
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Pneumonia can make it hard to
breathe and to get enough oxygen into the bloodstream. Symptoms often begin
suddenly and may be similar to those of an
upper respiratory infection, such as
influenza or a cold. Common symptoms of pneumonia
Your doctor may suggest an HIV test if you have not been diagnosed with HIV and Pneumocystis pneumonia is:
If you get PCP, it can be treated. Antibiotics can get rid of the infection. You can also take care of yourself at home:
Have your blood tested regularly to check the strength of your immune system and to help your doctor decide if you need to take medicines to prevent this type of pneumonia.
If you were diagnosed with HIV but are not being treated for it, start antiretroviral therapy (ART) to help strengthen your immune system and lower the risk of PCP returning.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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