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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

Dr. Olav Jaren
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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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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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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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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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Does HIV latch onto skin cells and spread from there?

Does HIV latch onto skin cells and spread from there?

What are you asking?: So far as i know, the only skin cells that the HIV virus can use are the langerhans dendritic macrophages. You're not going to catch it from skin-to-skin contact. Before effective treatment, family members simply didn't infect each other despite plenty of hugs and ordinary skin contact. Don't deprive yourself or somebody you love of this basic part of human warmth from a foolish fear of hiv. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV if somebody bites you but no skin was broken?

Can you get HIV if somebody bites you but no skin was broken?

Probably Not: I can't think of how you would get HIV if you didn't have exposure to blood or body fluids. You should be fine. ...Read more

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My skin is getting darker my skin is getting darker, can I have hiv?

My skin is getting darker my skin is getting darker, can I have hiv?

Very unlikely: Darkening of the skin is highly unlikely to be a symptom of HIV infection. However, i would recommend that everyone should get tested to know their HIV status and at least once a year for hiv, if sexually active. ...Read more

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