Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia is a fungal infection of the lungs. This type of pneumonia is brought on by the fungus Pneumocystis jiroveci. Cancer; Long-term use corticosteroids or other medications that weaken the immune system; HIV/AIDS; Organ or bone marrow transplant; Pneumocystis jiroveci was a rare infection prior to the AIDS epidemic. Pneumocystis pneumonia in people with AIDS usually develops slowly over days to weeks and even months, and is less severe. People with pneumocystis pneumonia that do not have AIDS usually get sick much faster and are more significantly ill.
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