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How do HIV lesions look?

How do HIV lesions look?

Lesions can vary: The most common HIV related lesion is kaposi sarcoma (ks). Its a purple-red raised painless lesion. It can occur anywhere on the skin but is seen mostly on the legs and trunk. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Do HIV cause lesions on penis?

Do HIV cause lesions on penis?

Not directly, no.: Hiv does not cause a lesion on the penis itself, but there are several other associated penile lesions that are more common in people with hiv. These include condyloma (hpv virus), molluscum contagiosum (pox virus), rarely, kaposi sarcoma (hhv), and penile cancer (hpv virus), among others. Other std's are more common in those with HIV too HIV can though cause swollen lymph nodes in the groin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lower back acne and HIV skin lesions?

What is the difference between lower back acne and HIV skin lesions?

Easy to tell: The familiar blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples of common acne, especially where clothing or a gym machine may rub on the lower back, are easy to distinguish from all the common hiv-related skin lesions including the brown-red, non-tender, non-suppurating lesions of kaposi's. The call should be easy, and it may be neither! ...Read more

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I have genital herpes and tested negative for HIV and have lesions should I get tested again explain?

I have genital herpes and tested negative for HIV and have lesions should I get tested again explain?

Tested for what?: You have herpes and there is no need to retest for that. If you are asking for retest for HIV, you may redo the test in 6 months or so. However, if you are engaging in at risk behavior, you should get tested regularly. ...Read more

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I am HIV positive. Dermatologist biopsied lesions/bumps on my upper lip that are Verruca Vulgaris. Am I at risk for the warts turning to skin cancer?

I am HIV positive.  Dermatologist biopsied lesions/bumps on my upper lip that are Verruca Vulgaris. Am I at risk for the warts turning to skin cancer?

Warts: Verruca vulgaris also known as warts are caused by the human papilloma virus. They're generally benign and can be treated with topical salicylic acid and/or cryotherapy if you find them aestheticically displeasing. Regardless, see your primary doctor for these treatment options. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing abnormal odor and itching. I don't feel pain or have lesions. But I'm terrified of viruses like hiv. could i have trich?

I've been experiencing abnormal odor and itching. I don't feel pain or have lesions. But I'm terrified of viruses like hiv. could i have trich?

Rather than: guess about gynecological symptoms - it would be in your best interest to have this worked up by your physician or at an STD clinic. Take care. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with herpes by culture swab. Lesions appear very atypical for herpes but look a lot like molluscum. Hiv negative. Could i not have hsv?

Diagnosed with herpes by culture swab. Lesions appear very atypical for herpes but look a lot like molluscum. Hiv negative. Could i not have hsv?

Both?: You could have two co-existing viruses, or just atypical appearing lesions. It is unlikely the swab for hsv was wrong. If in doubt, you can always repeat the test. However, if it is between outbreaks, you run the risk of a false negative. ...Read more

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My girlfriend hiv tested (-) after 6mth window, gave her oral sex now I have lesions on my tounge with cough and I have no clue what it could be. Help?

My girlfriend hiv tested (-) after 6mth window, gave her oral sex now I have lesions on my tounge with cough and I have no clue what it could be. Help?

Not HIV on tongue : i'm uncertain what this rash is. I would ask her to see her physician to make sure she has no female infections. You can also see a dermatologist to look at the rash on your tongue. I will discuss this with your physician to consider your options ...Read more

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I am an HIV patient with non-healing lesions on leg. What are my treatment options?

HIV Wounds: Patients with HIV infection are a unique subset of patients that are seen by dermatologists and wound care specialists because in addition to the usual types of wounds (venous stasis ulcers, for example), they can develop many unusual wounds. You need to be seen by a specialist as soon as possible to assess the wounds. Sometimes, biopsies are needed to help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Possibility of false negative after 6mth period HIV test? Gave oral to partner in question now I have lesions on the tounge maybe ohl, could be hiv?

Depends: What type of test was done? A test for HIV nucleic acids, if negative at 6 months after potential exposure, would rule out HIV infection. If it was antibody test, it is good but it would be prudent to repeat at one year after exposure. See the following for safe sex guidelines. http://www.aids.org/topics/aids-factsheets/aids-background-information/what-is-aids/safer-sex-guidelines/ ...Read more

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I get white lesions inside cheeks come and go last 2 yrs did complete blood and stds all in norm and neg. hiv . Is it normal or lack maybe iron etc...

I get white lesions inside cheeks come and go last 2 yrs did complete blood and stds all in norm and neg. hiv . Is it normal or lack maybe iron etc...

Maybe fungal?: Take an oral antifungal and see if that does the trick. If it doesn't then get a culture of what it is and make sure that you get a fungal culture too. The growth medium is different than it is for bacteria! ...Read more

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Is a chest x-Ray enough to eliminate the possibility of Kaposi sarcoma in the lungs? Addressed for hiv positive individuals. No skin lesions

Is a chest x-Ray enough to eliminate the possibility of Kaposi sarcoma in the lungs? Addressed for hiv positive individuals. No skin lesions

Suggest CT: Three reasons CT is better than chest x ray for this situation: 1) Kaposi sarcoma can be subtle on CXR, esp if early. 2) CT is by far better at showing otherwise occult disease in the chest. 3) The chances of an HIV pt. having other problems that only CT might see is not insignificant. ...Read more

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What is Hiv?

What is Hiv?

HIV: Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV/AIDS weakens a person's ability to fight infections. It is contracted through unprotected sex or needle sharing. An HIV test confirms diagnosis. Medications may suppress the virus and delay the onset of AIDS. http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/ ...Read more

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What is HIV?

What is HIV?

Human immunodeficien: cy virus. It's a virus transmitted through blood, semen and vaginal secretions by sex, sharing needles and giving birth. The virus attacks the immune system so you're not able to fight infections, and causes inflammation inside your body which can lead to chronic diseases. Medications called ARV's trap HIV inside cells so it can't spread and to help boost immunity. More info: http://bit.ly/1J61Fe7 ...Read more

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What is HIV?

What is HIV?

Bad contagious virus: The HIV virus (it causes AIDS) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "CD4+ T-helper" cell. With these cells knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system. The patient gets AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, acquired immune deficiency syndrome). ...Read more

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What cause hiv?

What cause hiv?

Cause of AIDS: Human immunodeficiency virus. It may be acquired through sex, intravenous drug use or other exposure to body fluids of an infected person. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hiv?

Symptoms of hiv?

Don't wait!: Don't wait for the symptoms of HIV to show up - get tested if you could be at risk (risk factors: unprotected sex, needle sharing). A few weeks after contracting the virus, HIV causes a flu-like syndrome (fevers, malaise). Then the virus can lie dormant for years before causing life-threatening infections of the lung, brain, and other organs due to the body's damaged and decreased immunity. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more