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HIV and Molluscum
Apr 1, 2001

I have tested negative repeatedly while experiencing myriad skin problems: dermatitis, molluscum, folliculitus, etc. I have had molluscum for over three years now, and have some outbreaks on my forehead. Others have been on my torso, and sometimes armpits. The most irritating was around my nose. Do I need to worry about retesting with no further risk factors? I have read that molluscum of the face and neck is more likely a sign of an HIV immune suppressed individual.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Although the problems you've experienced are common in HIV+s, they are not exclusive to HIV and certainly HIV- people can get them as well. If you have tested HIV- repeatedly, then I suggest you stop worrying about the possible connection.

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