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Burnt skin ?
Dec 12, 2003

Hi...thank you for following up on my burnt skin question last month. I have read that PN is associated with long term HIV disease and the result of taking 'd' meds. Then there is the GBS. If you have GBS (which according to this site comes during the seroconversion process) does this mean that you will progress faster with other HIV related illnesses? What percentage of HIV patients get GBS ?

Please help !

Response from Dr. Conway

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is associated with taking didanosine or stavudine as a side effect in as many as 10-15% cases, if not more. It is usually mild and can be controlled in the vast majority of cases. At the very least, it will go away if the medications are stopped early enough after its development.

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare manifestation of acute HIV infection, occurring in much less than 1% cases. Its occurrence is NOT a predictor of more rapid disease progression in itself, although the severity of the symptoms of the acute HIV infection itself is a predictor of disease progression.

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