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Are patients infected with HIV more vulnerable to developing bacterial pneumonia?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Hiv is a virus that attacks a person's cd4 t-cells, a special kind of cell that is crucial for the body's immune system. As the disease progresses, the levels of these cells drop and the immune system weakens substantially.
This renders the person more susceptible to diseases, including bacterial pneumonia.

In brief: Yes.

Hiv is a virus that attacks a person's cd4 t-cells, a special kind of cell that is crucial for the body's immune system. As the disease progresses, the levels of these cells drop and the immune system weakens substantially.
This renders the person more susceptible to diseases, including bacterial pneumonia.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Yes

The short answer is they are more likely to get bacterial pneumonia, if the disease progresses and the immune system gets more damaged they are at risk of other kinds of pneumonia as well.

In brief: Yes

The short answer is they are more likely to get bacterial pneumonia, if the disease progresses and the immune system gets more damaged they are at risk of other kinds of pneumonia as well.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Martin Raff
This susceptibility only occurs when the HIV infection has profoundly damaged the immune system. Prior to that there is little or any increased risk of infection just because the virus is present.
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