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Are Purple Spots A Sign Of AIDS

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AIDS InfoNet

Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)

...cause a serious cough, shortness of breath, or an accumulation of fluid that can be fatal. KS can often be diagnosed by looking at the skin lesions. They are usually flat, painless, and do not itch or drain. They can look like a bruise, but a bruise will lose its purple color if you push on it; a KS lesion won't. KS lesions can grow into raised bumps or patches and grow together. Your health care provider might take a small sample (a biopsy)...
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Is bruising for an HIV+ person usually a sign to start ARVS?

Hi, my fiancee has a t-cell count of 900 and viral load of 8000. Just recently she has been getting painful bruises mostly on her legs. She also reports being fatigued all of the time. She has not started on a course of anti-retroviral medicatons...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Unfortunately I cannot diagnose the cause of your fiancee's painful bruising over the Internet. Her HIV specialist should be able to evaluate this problem. It's unlikely it's HIV related if she has a CD4 Read more »

Bruising of the Skin

Since Nov 21, 2003, I have been clean from crystal meth. Shortly there after, in March 2004 I found out my status as being HIV+. From that point on, I have taken an active role in my healthcare. Recently I have noticed tat my skin is bruising...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...have your platelet count checked as well as bleeding indices. Also avoiding NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprofen may decreased bruising/bleeding in some patients. Avoiding excessive UV light and seeing a dermatologist if problems persists may be... Read more »

Longterm HIV and KS

I am a longterm (20 year) HIV survivor and have been on antivirals the entire time. I have never had an opportunistic infection but was just diagnosed with KS. I've read of the study in SF where KS is coming back but unable to find out much about...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...in the epidemic. These cases are behaving more like the KS described in the pre-AIDS era. They appear as patches of unsightly purple skin caused by a proliferation of blood vessels which are painless. They have not spread to internal organs or... Read more »

Aids Defining

Is ks aids defining if a person has a high t cell count in the 900's ? Should a person begin medications at this point if they only have one or two lesions on the skin ?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...be diagnosed by looking at the skin lesions. They are usually flat, painless, and do not itch or drain. They can look like a bruise, but a bruise will lose its purple color if you push on it; a KS lesion won't. KS lesions can grow into raised... Read more »
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... When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of Read more »
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Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

...Have PN? PN Treatments Finding Support References What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? Approximately 60 percent of HIV+ people will develop problems that involvethe nervous system. The nervous system controls thinking, movement,... Read more »
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Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... 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 Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...aggressive and difficult to treat in people with AIDS. Signs of Kaposi's sarcoma in light-skinned people are round brown, reddish, or purple spots that develop in the skin or in the mouth. In dark-skinned people, the spots are more pigmented. ... Read more »

Karposis lesion?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...inch in diameter on my inner right thigh. It itched at first, but not now. When I press it down, it does not white out like a bruise, but it does white out a little. It doesn't look like a bruise, bug bite, or jock itch, because it is more... Read more »