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Nov 28, 2005

Someone I know has HIV, and he just got it like maybe 6 months ago. Just less than a week ago he started getting these things on his head. They look kinda like scabs. I know for a fact he doesn't take the medication he's supposed to. So I am just curious are those scabs a sign that he has AIDS now... what do they mean?? Are they a bad sign??

Response from Mr. Kurtyka

I can't give you a clear answer without knowing more details about the patient, but let me give you some general thoughts. Anyone with HIV can get all the same health problems as someone without HIV, plus they can have a number of HIV-related complications as well. Scabs on the scalp could be any number of things from bacterial infections to viral infections to seborrehic dermatitis. In general, people with HIV disease that goes untreated often experience more than their share of skin disorders, some very common, some very unusual. Althought it probably doesn't mean that he has progressed to AIDS, it may indicate that his immune system is weakening.

Be a good friend and encourage him to take his meds as prescribed and to follow up with his health care provider regularly to keep tabs on this viral load, CD4 count and clinical condition.

-dk



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