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Tiny Red Speckles on Skin
Mar 13, 2000

Dr. Judy, a question. Since a possible exposure, I have noticed that small red speckles show up and then disappear on my arms, shoulders, and trunk. They are not big at all--about the size of a pore, sometimes a little bigger. Are these anything to be concerned about? I have never really checked my skin before, so I never noticed. Does this sound like something to be worried about? Or do people's skins do this sometimes?

Thank you for any help, we are all worried and appreciate your advice.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

This could just be a mild case of folliculitis if it's confined to hair-bearing areas (or potential hair-bearing areas-- not everyone is equally hairy) of the skin. The rash of HIV seroconversion does not usually come and go-- it comes, stays a while, and then resolves. Nonetheless, if you're worried, get tested!

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