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Pains on my right arm and left foot
Jul 25, 2003

I was diagnised with HIV 2 years back and developed lymph nodes at the back of my neck( near hair line) and on the neck. My first Q is what did you mean about the other node go ou of proportion, 2nd, my arm and legs are shivering and bit like a heart bit, 3dly I've recently being prescribed to take Yasmin(oral contraceptive) for my acne. any risk for HIV+ person. Thank You for your great help

Response from Dr. Henry

There is tremendous variation from person to person about the pattern of lymph nodes enlargement. Local low-grade skin irritations can often result in persistent swellingof nodes in the locations you mention. HIV infection can also result in diffuse or localized nodes swellings. I have not had much experience with the use of Yasmin for acne ( i usually use topical cleaners, low dose or topical antibiotics-etc). If you are under the care of a skin specialist I would defer to their judgement. In the absence of HIV treatment I would not expect that use of Yasmin would have a negative effect but a better understanding of your overall medical status is required to comment more specifically (your HIV specialist is the person to discuss with). KH



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