|Dangers of Sun Exposure
Dec 10, 2006
Are there particular dangers from sun exposure for HIV+ people? I am not on any antiretrovial meds or antibiotics, but I was wondering if sun exposure would affect immune function.
Frankly, I'm extremely fair and wouldn't mind being able to tan a bit to make me look a bit less pallid, but I don't want to risk even moderate sun exposure if it's going to affect, say, my viral load or CD4 count.
Any advice on this topic?
| Response from Dr. Henry
UV exposure can lead to skin cancer which can occur (perhaps to a greater degree) in HIV + persons. I recall one tragic weekend when not one but 2 of my long term survivors of AIDS died of complications of skin cancer. Most HIV drugs do not interfere with the ability to experience sun exposure though some antibiotics (like sulfa drugs and tetracyclines) increase sensitivity to UV light in a significant fraction of patients. I have not observed that sun exposure has any clinically significant effect on HIV status (such as blood test results) .KH
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Dry Mouth After Giving Oral Sex What Are The Chances Of HIV
- Itchy Rash After Unprotected Sex Without Ejaculation Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Sore On Tongue After Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- Swollen Lymph Glands After Touching Penis Worried I Have HIV
- White Bumps After Getting Scratched Worried I Have HIV
- White Bumps After Touching Anus Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.