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HIV Pos and Worried
Oct 3, 2007

I was recently diagnosed HIV Positive in January of 2007. I am not yet on any medication, but I've been experiencing some skin irratation. First. I had what I thought to be like 5 or 6 different mosquito bites in different places. (arms, legs, etc.) Most of which have gone away, but there are like three that still remain after a little over a month. Now, I see a small rash developing close to these spots. What could this be? I don't want to overreact, but I don't want to ignore the problem either. At first I thought that maybe my body was just taking longer to heal the mosquito bites because of my HIV, but now I'm concerned that it might be something more. Please advise. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Henry

In my experience HIV+ persons often have an exaggerated response to insect bites possibly due to immune dysregularion and generally increased levels of antibodies. In addition, HIV+ persons have an increased rate of skin problems such as folliculitis, seborrhear and others than can cause annoying symptoms. Evaluation by an HIV specialist and/or dermatologist is advised to sort out and offer a treatment suggestion. KH



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