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facial warts
Sep 1, 2000


I have a question about some facial warts. Last summer I had some facial warts that I have never had before. It started from a small cut from shaving and it turned into a wart. I had it removed, then the next month I got a few more. I had those removed and at the same time was tested for HIV, for another issue. My test results came back positive. I now have another friend who has the same facial warts from shaving also, even in the same spot. Can these be signs that a person could be HIV positive? Can they be linked, because after I started my medication of Combivir and Sustiva, I have not gotten another wart. I still cut myself shaving, but no more warts. Can you please let me know if these can be connected some how?



Response from Dr. Boyle

What you probably are describing is Molluscum contagiosum, a condition that is very common in HIV-infected patients with low CD4+ counts (<100). These lesions have a wart-like appearance, can occur anywhere (but seem to favor the face), and may number from a few to hundreds. There are many treatments, but they may resolve when the CD4+ count rises, just as yours have while on HAART. BB

Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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