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Face Rash Initial Hiv Infection

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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Face rash

Hi, my wife been on HIV treatment for 15 months, she has been taking a combo drug (GPO VIR) which i think is made in Thailand (where we live) she got her cd4 and virus counts done about 2 months ago which were improved from 250 to 400 and virus...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Facial rashes are common in the general population and even more so in persons with HIV infection. There are a wide range of common conditions for which the treatment can be quite different. Among the more common issues are seborrhea, froms of... Read more »

urgent - overseas, face rash

Dr. - I live in the US. I was diagnosed HIV positive 6 weeks ago. I had excellent starting numbers, was put on Atripla, and before leaving for a lengthy overseas trip, was undetectable with a CD4 of 1075. I am overseas in a mid-range country as far...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Sorry for the late reply. I hope that you're on the mend.The lesion/rash that you describe doesn't sound like a drug rash, but rather a skin infection (aka cellulitis) around the pimple. The pimple could be a... Read more »

Initial Test Results to Determine Window of Infection

2 questions: 1) In my initial test tests, I was mid-seroconversion (acute HIV Infection), I tested negative for antibodies (Western Blot/ELISA), but had a viral load of 940k and a CD4 count of 575. I had a fairly acute reaction to the virus at...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
If you had multiple serial samples and had some other tests performed that included things like p24 antigen and HIV viral load, then yes you could be more precise on the timing of infection. Conventional antibody and western blot tests will not be... Read more »

initial infection

can you explain what is initial infection.1. if that mean if you expose on high risk on 10 december 99, test negative 3 months later, when initial infection will start.2. if initial infection mean as soon you are expose or when the virus get to you...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
When someone is infected with HIV, there is a period called acute primary infection, when the virus starts to reproduce to very high levels in the blood and the CD4 count often drops. This usually occurs 7 to 21 days after the exposure and lasts 1... Read more »
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face rashes

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
As some may know my doctor has told me to forget this issu of the HIV virus, I dont have had any symptom, I was just worried then , he evaluates my 6.5 week ELISA 3rd generation test and tell me that as he said I must not be worried about that, he... Read more »

HIV Activist Shares His Experiences with Facing AIDS Initiative

Posted by bradford
HIV Activist Shares His Experiences with Facing AIDS Initiative
Guest Blog - Editors Note: Bradford McIntyre, an HIV activist who runs the Positively Positive: Living with HIV website in Canada ( has participated in... Read more »

HIV Rashes

Posted by Anonymous
Hello Friends,

During the initial stages of HIV infection, one of the symptoms of seroconversion is development of rashes. What do these rashes look like ? For information I referred to a book in the British Council Library which says the following :
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Itchy skin rash from sun and meds?

Posted by DJones, 5 Replies
I have been on Fluconazole, Acyclovir and Atripla for about 6 months. I noticed problems with a terrible itchy skin rash when I was in the sun when the summer began. I have stayed out of the sun or put sun block on until last Saturday I was at a... Read more »