Skip to Content

Join the 'Pneumocystis Pneumonia' group to help and get support from people like you.

Pneumocystis Pneumonia Blog

Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When 'Opportunistic' Infections Strike

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years. "The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely," said Dr. Robert Grant, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who reviewed the findings but was not involved in the research. When HIV treatment lapses, so-called "opportunistic" infections and illnesses can arise, posing a real threat to patients' health, he explained. The bottom line, according to Grant, is that there is still "a long way to go" in prolonging the lives of Americans with HIV/AIDS. The new study was led by Dr. Sandra Schwarcz, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. She and her ... Read more

Related support groups: HIV Infection, Harvoni, Tamiflu, Atripla, Sovaldi, Incivek, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, Truvada, Baraclude, Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare, Victrelis, Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare - Treatment, Stribild, Complera, Tenofovir, Viread, Oseltamivir, Entecavir, Sofosbuvir, Kaletra

Scientists Shed Light on Fungus Behind Deadly Pneumonia Strain

Posted 28 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 28 – Researchers report that they've sequenced the genome of a fungus called Pneumocystis jirovecii, potentially laying the groundwork for new ways to treat a strain of pneumonia that can kill people with weakened immune systems. The strain is known as Pneumocystis pneumonia. First noticed among malnourished babies, it gained attention during the AIDS epidemic because it struck HIV-infected patients. It also strikes other patients whose immune systems don't work properly, such as those who receive organ transplants, are undergoing treatment for blood cancer or have autoimmune disorders. The sequencing of the genome revealed that the fungus is a parasite that must live within the human body to survive. "This has been quite an important finding which implied that human beings represent the reservoir of this pathogen," study co-author Philippe Hauser of the Centre Hospitalier ... Read more

Related support groups: Pneumonia, Pneumocystis Pneumonia

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Pneumonia

Related Drug Support Groups

clindamycin, Bactrim, trimethoprim, Bactrim DS, Cleocin, Septra, dapsone, sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim, Septra DS, view more... Sulfatrim, SMZ-TMP DS, Cleocin HCl, leucovorin, Sulfatrim Pediatric, Co-trimoxazole, Cleocin Pediatric, atovaquone, Mepron, Cotrim, Nebupent, primaquine, Cotrim DS, Bethaprim, pentamidine, Cleocin Phosphate, Primsol, Bactrim Pediatric, Bactrim IV, Pentam, trimetrexate, Cotrim Pediatric, Pentacarinat, Wellcovorin, Uroplus, Neutrexin, Proloprim, Pentam 300, Trimpex, Septra IV, Uroplus DS, Bethaprim Pediatric