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skin hyperpigmentation
Oct 2, 2006

i am a young black 35 year old man diagnosed and on treatment .was on combivir and sustiva for last 3.5years ,ihave dark patches on both side of my temples and have recently changed meds now im on kivexa and sustiva and no longer on combivir ,i recall a similar question from a black african to you know if there is any creams that i can use that will help ,i have just started retina-A 0.025% recommended by a dermatologist how long do you think it will be to bring my colour back to normal or should i learn to except the fact that i will have to live with it.

Response from Dr. Henry

Good question. My experience with dark pigmentation in Africa-Americans possibly due to one of their HIV medications (such as the AZT in Combicir) is variable. For some patients the pigmentation seemed to improve once off the offending medication while in others the color changes were more persistent. Working with a dermatologist is excellent idea to try and optimize the chances for a reasonable cosmetic outcome. KH

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