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Since I contracted herpes, whenever I’ve gone to the gynecologist she’s always asked me to estimate how many outbreaks I experience per year. I’m always taken back a bit by the question since, without medication, I tend to have about two outbreaks a month. I guess that amounts to 24 outbreaks a year, give or take a few, but by the time I’ve done all the math out loud the doctor is already looking at me like I’m some immuno-deficient freak. A friend of mine went through a similar situation recently when she told her doctor she seemed to have 12 outbreaks per year, pretty much every month around the time of her period. It appears that the year is the smallest unit of time a doctor has to gauge the frequency of one’s outbreaks. I suppose for many people that is as low as it needs to get. But for those of us who calculate our number of outbreaks by the month, or week, it may be time to go on suppressive therapy &ndas...
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by many different germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
This article discusses pneumonia that occurs in a person whose ability to fight infection is greatly reduced because their immune system is weakened and not working properly. Such disease is referred to as "pneumonia in an immunocompromised host."
(previously called Pneumocystis carinii
Pneumonia - cytomegalovirus
Pneumonia in immunodeficient patient; Pneumonia - immunocompromised host
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
People whose immune system is not working well are less able to fight off germs. Because of this state, they are more likely to become infected by g...
DefinitionPneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia is a fungal infection of the lungs. The disease used to be called Pneumocystis carinii.Alternative NamesPneumocystosis; PCP; Pneumocystis cariniiCauses, incidence, and risk factorsThis type of pneumonia is caused by the fungus Pneumocystis jiroveci. This fungus is common in the environment and does not cause illness in healthy people.However, it can cause a lung infection in people with a weakened immune system due to:CancerChronic use of corticosteroids or other medications that weaken the immune systemHIV/AIDSOrgan or bone marrow transplantPneumocystis jiroveci was a relatively rare infection before the AIDS epidemic. Before the use of preventive antibiotics for the condition, most people in the United States with advanced AIDS would develop it.
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