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Do Purple Spots Mean I Have Hiv

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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 »

purple patches

Can a Kaposi sarcoma flat lesion, occur in one day, ie suddenly. I have about a dime size lesion on my thigh and it occurred in one day. it blanches though, can it still be Kaposi. Has been there a week unchanged.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...frequently in bisexual and gay men. (We still don't completely understand why.) Topically it presents as flat or slightly raised dark purple skin spots. It can also affect the lungs, gastrointestinal track, mouth and other internal organs. K.S.... Read more »

Semen on Bruised Arm - Should I Get Tested?

Hi Dr. Bob,I asked this earlier and didn't get an answer, but am getting really concerned. I got some semen on a bruise on my arm from a guy of unknown status. There were no cuts or scrapes, but I'm not sure if I should be getting tested. Do you...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,A bruise (black-and-blue mark) that does not break the skin would not pose an increased HIV risk. HIV cannot permeate intact (even intact Read more »
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Is it possible?

Posted by scared2Bpos, 5 Replies
...taking vicodin) -numbness in hands and feet -severe uncontrollable muscle twitches and jerking -starting to get blisters on arms -purple spots under skin (look like bruises) I have been tested for all STD's, HIV 1 & 2 and syphilis. I know... 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 »

Purplish spot on arm

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...sized. It has been there for a while now. Is there anything but KS that can appear like that on skin? If I was exposed to HIV, it was over ten years ago. Never thought any contact with my last boyfriend was risky and he was neg. when I was... Read more »

SYMPTOMS

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...Would purpura marks on the bottom of both feet and on bottom part of hands, mouth sores on both sides of the cheeks in mouth, loss of weight Read more »