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What does a rash caused by HIV infection look like?

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It's often a slightly raised area of skin on the trunk or face, and sometimes on the hands and feet. It's usually red on people with light skin or more purple on people with dark skin

The rash appears when your body tries to fight off the virus.

Other symptoms of early HIV infection include fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches, muscle aches, and diarrhea.

These typically last about 2 weeks.

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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