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What are rashes caused by HIV opportunistic infections?

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HIV weakens the cells that normally fend off infection, including:

  • Molluscum contagiosum, a viral skin infection that causes small, flesh-colored bumps that can appear anywhere on your body, though usually not on your hands or the soles of your feet
  • Herpes viruses, like shingles (also known as herpes zoster) and herpes simplex rashes around your mouth or genitals
  • Kaposi sarcoma, a type of skin cancer that looks like dark brown, purple, or red spots

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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