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Anon_169321 posted:
Hello. I have read that pneuomonia is common among HIV patients. I contracted pneumonia. My BF was pretty sick about a month before me and then I got pneumonia. It came on very suddenly from one day to the next. I've never had it before in my life. I have been in a monogamous relationship for a year. I also recently got a yeast infection (haven't had one in years) and I don't get those very often. We also have anal sex. Should I be concerned or am I being paranoid. Hoping Georgia can chime in since she is very knowledgeable.
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georgiagail responded:
No, pneumonia is not particularly common among HIV patients.

As the disease progresses from HIV to the end stage of AIDS, a certain type of pneumonia can develop. However, just because someone gets pneumonia is no reason to worry they are HIV positive. Same thing with yeast infections which are depressingly common for women (I'm going to assume you are female).

In other words, you cannot assume HIV from symptoms or diseases. If you remain concerned that (perhaps) your boyfriend may be positive and, through anal intercourse, has passed the virus onto you the only way to know your true status is through testing.

Gail


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