Getting tested for HIV can
be scary; however, the condition is treatable so it is important to get tested
if you think you have been exposed. If you test positive, early detection and
monitoring of HIV will help your doctor determine whether the disease is
progressing and when to start treatment.
Your doctor may recommend counseling before and after HIV testing, and it is
usually available at the hospital or clinic where you will be tested. This will
give you an opportunity to:
Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a serious infection that causes inflammation and fluid buildup in the lungs. It is caused by a fungus called Pneumocystis jiroveci. Likely spread through the air, this fungus is very common. Most people are exposed to it by age 3 or 4. A healthy immune system can easily control it. But it causes a type of pneumonia in people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This is why it's called an opportunistic infection. Rarely,...