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Rash Cause By AIDS

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Rash caused by Atripla?

Dear Doctor, I started my HIV treatment four weeks ago (with a CD4 of 157). During this time I have been taking Atripla without any serious side effects. However, yesterday I woke up with a rash on my chest and arms (mild/moderate). My question is:...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That is somewhat late for an Atripla rash but that is still possible. Many skin conditions related to HIV can flare up in the first months of treatment as well as other non-HIV or treatment skin problems so a clinical evaluation is recommended. If... Read more »

Aids Rash

Is there any treatment for the rash that comes with AIDS?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There are numerous types of rashes seen in the setting of HIV/AIDS and many treatments are available. What might work is very dependent on what the cause of the rash is. Keith Henry, M.D.... Read more »


What type of rash is associated with HIV/AIDS? Can you describe what they look like?...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
There are many different types of rash someone with HIV may have. There is no rash that is specific (meaning you only get) with HIV. You cannot look at a rash and say, "Oh that is HIV" as one can typically do for chickenpox. There are many... Read more »

question about rashes

hi ryan. i know that people experincing acute retroviral attacks from hiv usually experience a kind of rash that is not itchy. i wanted to know how does the rash looks like specifically and the areas which the rash will appear like will it appear in...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Please refer to my responses to "Rashes and HIV" ( and "What's exactly a rash?"... Read more »
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Rash Photos

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I was searching for HIV rash photos and came across these pictures so here are a few sites with photos of the HIV rash. I hope this helps some folks but remember only a test will confirm HIV exposure.

Also, if anyone can confirm these pictures from... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I know there is little one can say about the HIV rash but I have had a rash now for over 2 months on my forehead. Could that be accociated with HIV? Read more »

Rash? Someone please provide 411

Posted by dopey33, 3 Replies
HI everyone. I am a little concerned. I had what appears to be a VERY low risk activity for contracting HIV but all of the sudden (its been exactly a month) I developed weird spots on my chest. I cant really describe the spots but they are not bumps... Read more »

Don't let rashes fool you

Posted by adams1, 4 Replies
Okay, so about a week ago I was curious about whether I could have been infected with HIV years ago and never knew it. My ultimate scare was a rash that appeared on my outer thigh. When I went to the doctor, he told me it looked like Shingles. He... Read more »