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What skin conditions are related to HIV/AIDS?

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Because HIV weakens the immune system, people with AIDS are more likely to have other health problems. Certain skin diseases may be the first sign that someone is infected with HIV.

While many people with HIV/AIDS may develop these skin conditions, you can have any one of them and not have HIV/AIDS:

  • Thrush
  • Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Oral hairy leukoplakia
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Herpes
  • Shingles
  • Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

From: Skin Conditions Related to HIV/AIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "HIV Doesn't Cause Cancer, but It Can Increase Your Risk."

AIDS.gov: "Opportunistic Infections and Their Relationship to HIV/AIDS."

MedlinePlus: "Kaposi's Sarcoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Kaposi Sarcoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions."

Medscape: "Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV."

 

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "HIV Doesn't Cause Cancer, but It Can Increase Your Risk."

AIDS.gov: "Opportunistic Infections and Their Relationship to HIV/AIDS."

MedlinePlus: "Kaposi's Sarcoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Kaposi Sarcoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions."

Medscape: "Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV."

 

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

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