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Non-itchy rash; muscle pain
Jun 28, 2013

For about a week I've been getting a rash on my arms, chest and back. The spots are red and turn white when pressure is applied to them. They are not itchy, sore on not raised. Also, I've had some pain in my neck and back. I had assumed these two were non-related but now not sure. I'm non detectable with an absolute cd4 of about 490 and a cd4 percentage of 22% and been on atripla for two years without any side-affects. Does this sound like anything you know of?

Response from Dr. Henry

Scattered spots as you described can be due to eosinophilic folliculitis or other HIV -related conditions as well as other non-HIV related problems (ie ezcema or syphilis). Can be a challenge to properly diagnose skin problems so when I am stumped I refer to a dermatologist for diagnosis. It is not common for a person doing well after two years on Atripla to suddenly develop a drug reaction or HIV skin problem. KH

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