HIV and photosensitivity
Jul 23, 2012
Hi Dr. Keith
My name is Philip and I write a blog here on theBody. I'm working on a post and I remember hearing/reading that being on antiretrovirals treatment makes you more susceptible to sunburns. I've had a hard time confirming this Is it true?
Would you consider emailing me directly about this?
Thanks, Philip D.
Response from Dr. Henry
There is a low rate of various HIV drugs (<5%) resulting in sun hypersensitivity. Not much published data on that or comparing regimens. Sulfa drugs (such as Bactrim/Septra) and some other antibiotics (like tetracyclines) have a higher rate of photosensitivity. Darunavir has a sulfa structure so that is a concern for patients with history of serious sulfa light reactions. KH
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