Symptomatic primary HIV infection occurs in an estimated 50% to 90% of patients. A constellation of symptoms that most closely resembles those of acute infectious mononucleosis characterizes the syndrome. On rare occasions, opportunistic infections present simultaneously with primary HIV infection. We describe a patient who presented with an episode of severe Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia during what appeared to be a prolonged primary HIV infection. Serological testing demonstrated the progressive development of reactive bands on serial Western blot determinations. This case highlights how primary HIV infection can produce profound immunosuppression through CD4 lymphocytopenia predisposing patients to opportunistic infection.
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jun 2008|
- Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia
- Primary HIV infection