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How do you treat an HIV infection rash?

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If you have a rash and think you may have been exposed to HIV, don’t wait it out. A blood test can easily tell if you have the virus. Medication can help control the virus, but an HIV infection can develop into AIDS if it’s not treated.

Because the rash and early symptoms look and feel like other common ailments (such as the flu or an allergic reaction) and disappear quickly, many people don't realize what they are. And once they go away, you may not notice any others until much later.

SOURCES:

Health Guidance: “HIV Rash -- Symptoms, Description and Information.”

AIDS Info: National Institutes of Health.

CDC: “Patient Information Sheet -- Acute HIV Infection.”

National Health Service (NHS), England: “HIV and AIDS -- Symptoms.”

Owen Clinic at UC San Diego Health: “Skin and Complexion.”

CDC: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles.”

American Cancer Society: “What is Kaposi sarcoma?”

AIDS.gov: “Stages of HIV Infection.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Health Guidance: “HIV Rash -- Symptoms, Description and Information.”

AIDS Info: National Institutes of Health.

CDC: “Patient Information Sheet -- Acute HIV Infection.”

National Health Service (NHS), England: “HIV and AIDS -- Symptoms.”

Owen Clinic at UC San Diego Health: “Skin and Complexion.”

CDC: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles.”

American Cancer Society: “What is Kaposi sarcoma?”

AIDS.gov: “Stages of HIV Infection.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 08, 2018

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