<i>Pneumocystis</i> pneumonia, a COVID-19 mimic, reminds us of the importance of HIV testing in COVID-19

Kelly, Sophie, Waters, Laura, Cevik, Muge, Collins, Simon, Lewis, Joe ORCID: 0000-0002-3837-5188, Wu, Meng-San, Blanchard, Tom J and Geretti, Anna M ORCID: 0000-0002-3670-6588
(2020) <i>Pneumocystis</i> pneumonia, a COVID-19 mimic, reminds us of the importance of HIV testing in COVID-19. CLINICAL MEDICINE, 20 (6). pp. 590-592.

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While clinical environments are highly focused on COVID-19, reports of missed or delayed treatment for conditions that imitate COVID-19, such as pneumonia caused by the fungus <i>Pneumocystis jirovecii</i>, are emerging. Given the uncertain spectrum of COVID-19 presentations and variable sensitivity of laboratory tests for SARS-CoV-2, there is a risk that, without a high index of suspicion, alternative aetiologies may be overlooked while pursuing a diagnosis of COVID-19. The British HIV Association has been calling for the inclusion of HIV testing in all patients admitted to hospital with suspected COVID-19. In this article we reflect on the importance of including HIV testing to prevent avoidable morbidity and mortality in our patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV, COVID-19, Pneumocystis jirovecii, PCP, SARS-CoV-2
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2022 15:19
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2024 08:56
DOI: 10.7861/clinmed.2020-0565
Open Access URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC76873...
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3146685