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Acute Hiv And Acne

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Acute HIV Infection

What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acute HIV infection" or "primary HIV...
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Acne!!! Yikes..

Hi, I'm 27 and had Acute HIV about a month and a half ago. Started treatment in early December of Prezista, Truvada, and Norvir. I just changed treatment to Complera this past week. I have been noticing more and more acne breakouts on my face...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Yes-flare ups of acne can be seen in setting of starting effective HIV medications (? related partially to immune reconstitution/impromving CD4 counts). Monitoring for acne triggers (ie chocolate in some patients), topical use of over the counter... Read more »

Worried!!! Please help... Acne like eruption all over the trunk

I have tested -ve on antibody test at 4 months. But I have had acne like eruption all over the trunk and on the face at 2 and 1/2 months after a high risk exposure where my condom broke. I am not sure if its acne/folliculitis. Can this be a...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
While skin eruptions can be a symptom of acute HIV infection, acne is not a typical presentation. My usual counsel to people like yourself is, when in doubt, get tested. Good luck. -BYBenjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.... Read more » it true that acne is common in HIV+ers??

Dear Dr Dezube, in one of your reply, you've mentioned that acne and pimples are common in HIV+ers. Is this true? Does that means that HIV+ers are prone to develop acnes? After sudden burst of swollen lymph nodes, I'm now experiencing a...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It is indeed true that HIV'ers are more prone to develop acne. Many of my HIV+ patients, who haven't had acne since they were teenagers, are now coping with it. Fortunately there are MANY good treatments for acne. I personally prescribe... Read more »

RE:What is happening?I am CONFUSE (Acne Singaporean)

Dear Bobi am the confuse Singaporean. Sorry to trouble you again but pls help me to settle down my mind completely.I am going crazy.(1)You mention that being tapped on the shoulder with or without exotic pimples poses absolutely no risk for HIV. but...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello confused and Worried Singaporean,First off, you shouldn't pop your pimples. However, even if you did, you still have no significant risk. My advice still stands. You do not need an HIV test. Regarding HIV symptoms, they are variable and... Read more »
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Sunburn or Acute HIV Rash??????

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hi all and thanks for reading!

I am a 31 y/o light skinned black female. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend (38 y/o) of 3 months a little over a month ago. At this time I also had my regular localized minor acne episode on my face and I picked... Read more »

Acne and HIV connection

Posted by alondonlad, 1 Reply
I had suffered from fairly bad acne for over 2 years now. In September I started having a laser treatment to try and solve the problem. I finished my cycle of treatment in December. I have also been on medication for over a year however all these... Read more »


Posted by WorriedinVegas
I recently sent in a blood sample for hiv-1 testing to HOME ACCESS. I got the blood for the sample from a scabbed acne, which I picked. It was more than enough blood to fill up the circle, but I have had the acne for a long time, before my possible... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Ive read on thebody acne is found in HIV+ people. But is is associated with ARS?

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