The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Managing Side Effects of HIV TreatmentManaging Side Effects of HIV Treatment
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

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

Prilosec Cramps with Combivir/Viramune?
Nutritional Supplements

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



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 nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint