|HIV and skin cancer-- are there special precautions?
Jun 27, 2003
Are there special precautions someone with HIV should take in gaurding against skin cancer, and are there any interactions between HIV drugs and the sun? Thank you.
Response from Dr. Dezube
Every human being, whether HIV positive or negative, should take precautions against skin cancer by avoiding overexposure to the sun-- avoiding the beach at high noon, using sunblockers, caps/hats, and so on. HIV infected folks are particularly prone to skin cancers. Please realize that the vast majority of exposure to the sun occurs during childhood.
Most of the HIV drugs do NOT react with the sun. However, some of the antibiotics can cause phototoxicity (a sunburn when an individual goes into the sun). Antibiotics in the tetracycline class are notorious for causing such phototoxicity.
Obsessing over a lymph node
my mind and my lymphoma
- Dry Cough After Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Itchy Skin After Touching Skin Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Rash After Licking Genital Worried I Have HIV
- Tingling In Feet After Insertive Anal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- White Bumps On Penis After Touching Dried Semen Worried I Have HIV
- Can Mosquitoes Give You Std's?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.