Can Hiv Cause Acne

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Ance Breakout

I've recently started taking Lexiva, Truvada, Norvir, and about a week and a half into it I started breaking out with acne pimples on my chest, arms, and face. Have you had any experience with this happening with any of these meds? I'm considering...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Starting effective HIV meds often can cause flare-ups in various skin disordrs (often not regimen specific). I would alert your HIV specialist to the Read more »

Acne and facial rash

I am female and started taking Truvada and Efavirenz six weeks ago after being diagnosed with HIV... Read more »

HIV pos & breaking out with pimples on my back and stomach

I dont have problems with acne usually. I am breaking out with Painful pimples on my back and... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...or scooped out surgically. This treatment can be painful and can leave scars. They can be treated with drugs used to treat acne such as tretinoin (Retin-A) or isotretinoin (Accutane). This is a newer approach. These drugs reduce the amount of... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I KNOW symptoms do not equal hiv, and I KNOW I need to see a doc for symptoms, but I have to wait until I get paid. I have a red bump on my leg a little smaller Read more »

Acne on butt the same?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...I tested negative but im confused i had all symptoms and acnes that doctors call folliculitis on my ass. it started 8 weeks after exposure and remains 1 year later it looks like large pimplesRead more »

Pimples and Advanced HIV

Posted by Anonymous
...for over 3 years. I have researched the disease, but have been unable to find much on puss and HIV. I know it is bad to pick pimples, (and i cant believe I am writing this, for it sounds grosser than I make it out to be)but does the virus live... Read more »

I'm wrecking my life!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...sites say this is the first sign of HIV!!! twice when i had the symptoms they ruled out a yeast infection.. sudden bout of acne..again they say HIV causes acne I've never had acne . a swollen lymoh node behind my ears.. i think its swollen coz... Read more »
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