A 30-year-old male asked:
Are exfoliative cheilitis and dry skin, indicates dendritic cell death on people with hiv infection? are the two of those were hiv symptoms?
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Infectious Disease 32 years experience
No: Hiv infects the t-helper cells and leads to their depletion. It does not affect the dendritic cells. Cheilitis or linear ulcers at corner of lips has a lot of causes including zinc deficiency and not necessarily indicative of hiv. Neither is dry skin. It's no more common in persons with HIV than the next person.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014
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