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Are Purple Blotches A Symptom Of HIV

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red, pink, brown or purplish blotches

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The following is said to be a symptom of ARS:

red, pink, brown or purplish blotches on and/or under the skin

That's rather scary. Does anybody know what these look like and what causes them?

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Posted by countingdays, 1 Reply
Hi all -

I'm trying to hold things together but am really flipping out.

I'm now 5.5 weeks post exposure. Had a OraQuick oral swab negative test at 4.5 weeks.

Today I got up and noticed two red blotches on my leg. They sort of look like bruises... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
hey just a simple question, how long do blotches last ?, what causes blotches ? and when would a blotch appear with HIV if it was a symptom ? also how can you tell if its a blotch or not ? Read more »

weird purple spots!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
ive been poz for almost 2 years now. i havent been sick or anything but yesterday i noticed weird purple spots like bruises on my body, on my upper arms and on my legs near my knees. their small and they dont hurt but they look gross. i dont burise... Read more »

Symptom Question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
On the lists of common symptoms I've been reading, red or purple marks on or under skin is noted. This is kind of vague-what exactly does this mean-is it referring to something specific or can anyone out there be a bit more specific? Thank you.

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Splotches and Blotches; Blood test for KS?

Hi doc, thanks for answering my question "Does KS come and go?"My next question I have asked many docs and no one seems to know the answer, maybe you have heard of this: I get splotches mainly on my face when I take a shower which goes...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Splotches and blotches are not all that uncommon. They often just represent dilation (widening) of the blood vessels in response to heat (showers), foods and so on. I doubt they represent KS. The only way to diagnose KS with any degree of... Read more »

Red blotches on arm,legs and upper torso

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.It's difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose skin problems without being able to see the lesions directly-- (for some like me, it's tough even if you're in my office). That said, having hives is suggestive... Read more »

Hand blotches on palms

Hi Dr Brian. Is it normal for your palms to have red or white blotches because my hands sweat? I was having muscle aches and lost about 5 pounds due to stress about what might happen. Thanks a lot ...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The type of rash you describe is unusual as an initial manifestation of HIV infection. However, if you have been possibly exposed to HIV, I would definitely recommend that you get tested, whether you have symptoms or not. If the exposure is recent... Read more »

Black blotches in period blood??

I had a possible exposure 9 weeks ago. I tested negative at 6 weeks and I'm going back for my 3 month test in September. I recently started my period and noticed black blotches in my blood. Is that a sign of HIV or no??...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiGood to hear you have plans to return for your follow up test and no dark spots in your feces is not a symptom of HIV. It could be from something you have eaten, changes in your diet etc.... If you notice this getting worse or changing some I... Read more »
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