Pneumocystis jirovec is a tiny fungus that lives in the lungs of many people. Most people's immune systems keep the fungus under control. But if your immune system is weak, the fungus can make you very sick.
The most common problem of infection is pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). PCP once was the major cause of death for people with HIV/AIDS. But now, it is possible to prevent or treat most cases. The key to surviving PCP is early treatment. The first signs of PCP are difficulty breathing, fever and a dry cough. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor right away.
- Treatment and Outcomes for Pneumocystis Pneumonia (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Pneumocystis Pneumonia Risk and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- CD4 and CD8 (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Pneumocystis Infections (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii and Aspergillus spp. DNa in bronchoalveolar...
- Article: Spontaneous resolution of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia on high-resolution computed tomography...
- Article: Prophylaxis for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in non-HIV immunocompromised patients.
- Pneumocystis Infections -- see more articles
- AIDSinfo (Department of Health and Human Services) Available in Spanish
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Available in Spanish
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Pneumocystis Pneumonia Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Pneumocystis Pneumonia (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)