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HIV postive and exposure to sunlight

Jul 19, 2002

Hello, I was wondering if one is HIV postive, does exposure to sunlight become a problem

Response from Dr. Henry

Exposure to the sun is a problem whether one is HIV positive or not. In one weekend several years ago I had two AIDS patients die of metastatic melanoma. There is a concern that HIV infected persons may have an increased rate of skin cancer (not proven yet). Sun is fun but in moderation with judicious use of sun blockers. KH

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