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Apr 3, 2011

Coinfected here, found out last Dec. About 10 or 11 months ago started getting very itchy neck, which then progressed to rashes on back, elbows. Started ARV's 2 months ago, rashes got better for a few weeks, now getting worse. Sometimes the itching drives me crazy. I take 180 mg of telfast a day, plus lots of recommended supplements. I stopped supplements several months ago when trying to figure out if this was food allergy. Didn't change. I know HCV people get itches, rashes. What is cause and what can I expect? now red blotches, rash, dry-flakey skin on back, elbows, tummy, some on legs, lots in scalp and forehead. Thanks much

Response from Dr. McGovern

I would recommend that you see a dermatologist.

There are so many causes for an itchy rash that it is hard to determine on-line.

You could have something as simple as dry skin, which is very itchy and can be associated with chaffing.

Yes HCV can be associated with rash sometimes (livedo reticularis), but this is uncommon.

HIV can also be associated with a whole variety of rashes too.

Sometimes, a person can have various rashes - with different causes - at the same time.. Thus, a medication induced rash could still be an issue so I think you should discuss this further with your HIV provider. If you are on Bactrim for PCP prophylaxis, I would give your doctor a call.

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