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Facial Sores From HIV AIDS

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The infection stays dormant in nerve cells. This is called "latency." However, it can become active again with no warning. Herpes can be active without symptoms or visible signs....
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Facial swelling

A friend who is HIV and on ARVS started with a small sore in the nose now her whole face has swollen - around the eyes, cheeks and lips. What does this mean?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
She needs to be evaluated for a number of possible conditions including a drug reaction or an infection (such as herpes simplex or zoster). I recommend she see her HIV doc promptly. KH... Read more »

Early HIV infection and facial wasting

Quick question: Is it possible to experience facial wasting early in an HIV infection before medication is started? In other words, can HIV alone cause lipoatrophy early in the course of infection?Thanks,Gloria at Body Positive...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That has not been observed much in early HIV infection in the setting of good CD4 counts and maintaining body weight. Some patients with recent HIV infection can progress rapidly (fortunately that is a small minority of patients) and with low CD4... Read more »

Facial Wasting: Non-HIV related reasons

I recently had a HIV test because of noticeable loss of fat from my cheeks and hollowing temples but the results were negative for HIV and also Syphillis which was good news but I am still wasting away, so in a way it's even worse. Do you know...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
There are several reasons, including congenital conditions, for facial and peripheral fat wasting. Because you are not experiencing HIV infection, my first thought is to head to your doctor (or endocrinologist, perhaps?) to see about issues that... Read more »

HIV with Swollen Lymph Node on Left Facial Cheek

I am caregiver to a friend who has been HIV+ for 17 yrs. He recently has an attack of herpes in the head and neck area successfully treated with Aciclover with a swelling in his left facial cheek front of ear. A fine needle biopsy was taken with the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Your friend needs to discuss the situation further with his/her HIV specialist. The biopsy report suggests there may be some form of cancer (lymphoma) in the parotid that will need more evaluation and likely treatment... Read more »
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HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting)

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting)

Individuals living with HIV and AIDS may not only have to deal with the threat of illness but the toll of illness. All that is required to stay healthy and alive can leave an everlasting mark! I'm referring to... Read more »

Sore Throat and Mouth Sores the Recur

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello would anybody have some insight for me, I had an exposure to HIV 9 months ago. Tested negative to HIV 1/2. The exposure came from a women from sex worker from korea, since then I just haven't felt right. Lots of strange symptoms. So I... Read more »

facial wasting

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello All,
I've become obsessive with my concern with facial wasting. I've been positive for over 20 years, and have been very fortunate as I've not developed any AIDS related disorders. However, 3 years ago I was diagnosed with type II diabetes,... Read more »

Facial Wasting?

Posted by Anonymous
Please help!! I have been told that there is a wasting condition assicated with HIV. In particular wasting of the face . Is it remotely possible that this wasting can start right away( within 3-4 months of infection) I am scared so far all my test... Read more »