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HIV+ and Fifth's Disease

Aug 14, 2004

Hi, Sorry for such a trival question. I am HIV+, healthy, VL undected and CD4 above 1000 (always been that way.) My child was recently dx. with "Fifth's disease" a rash, that could last up to 4-6 weeks. This could effect me with my HIV+ status? Thanks!

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your question.

Fifth disease (also known as erythema infectiousum) is caused by infection with a common, and usually benign, virus--- human parvovirus. Sometimes parvo can cause anemia, but not always in association with fifth disease.

Given your high CD4 count, I don't anticipate any real issues with your child's infection. However, if in doubt, or should you become ill, I'd certainly let your doctor know.

Thanks for reading. BY

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