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reiter's syndrome abd HIV/AIDS
Sep 19, 2007

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HIV/AIDS AND REITERS SYNDROME ? IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH REITER'S SYNDROME, BUT NOT WITH HIV/AIDS ?

Response from Dr. Henry

Reiter's syndrome is a form of arthritis seen after a genital urinary infection or gastroenteritis and associated with conjunctivitis, and mucocutaneous lesions such as urethritis or cervicitis. There is a genetic connection (HLA B27)in many patients and the condition is felt to be related to abnormalities in the immune system. Most patients are not HIV+ though HIV+ persons may have a modest increased risk for Reiter's syndrome. KH



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