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Skin lesions and treatment
Sep 6, 2003

Dear Dr. Pierone, Sorry for my bad English. I don't know if is the correct forum for my question but I appreciate your response. One month after a risk exposure (condom breakage during vaginal intercourse with an HIV+) I suffered a persistent and pruritic folliculitis (pytiriasis versicolor) over my back that lasted for more than five weeks, this was the only noticeable symptom during the window period. Have you ever seen patients who developed this skin disorder during ARS? Could this mean that I will suffer this skin lesion also during HIV treatment? Thanks from Italy

Response from Dr. Pierone

Hello, your English is very good, way better than my Italian. I have never seen development of pityriasis versicolor during seroconversion. This is a yeast infection of the skin caused by Malassezia furfur (who names this stuff?) and is not specific to HIV. I would be more interested to see if you had an early HIV RNA test to see if you acquired HIV infection. Have you been tested yet?

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