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What causes HIV-related rashes?

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Most people infected with the HIV virus have a rash at some point. For many, it may be one of the first signs of HIV infection. A rash can be brought on by:

Some may be serious and need medical treatment.

  • The HIV infection
  • Other infections or problems
  • Medications

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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