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Purplish spot on arm

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have a purple spot on my arm-dime 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... Read more »

red, pink, brown or purplish blotches

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The following is said to be a symptom of ARS:

red, pink, brown or purplish blotches on and/or under the skin

That's rather scary. Does anybody know what these look like and what causes them?

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Red mark on side of face. Help!

Posted by Anonymous
I had one encounter with a woman of unknown status in May of 2000 during which I was protected but the condom may have broken, I just was not sure. In the days following, my doctor told me that I had either chlamydia or trauma to the area that... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Here is my situation: When I scratch my skin due to itchyness, it tends to become very red and the scratch marks become cleary visible, yet fades after about 5 minutes. My question is whether this is normal in every person or whether HIV makes the... Read more »

First Round of Blood Tests... nervous

Posted by TheGoodLife, 1 Reply
I have a blood test schedule for tomorrow. There's a LONG list of tests. I dont think I'll have much blood left. Here is the list. I'm a little nervous. Does this look like a good "first test?" Anything missing?

1. Torch IGG Panel
2. HIV 1 RNA,... Read more »
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red, pink, brown or purplish blotches on and/or under the skin

Dear Doctors,In their FAQ, CDC refer to the following symptoms of ARS:red, pink, brown or purplish blotches on and/or under the skinI feel it is a bit broad. Do you know what they are referring to, what causes these blotches, and what they look...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That description is so non-specific it is almost worthless. The key parameter is a transient skin rash occuring after an exposure with a risk for HIV transmission. In that setting the rash is of some help but a complete history and laboratory... Read more »

Red and Purplish Discolorations

Hello! I am a brown skinned A.A. woman with a cd4 of around 560 and v.l. of around 45,000. I have ugly looking red and purplish spots (spreads of them) on the back of both hands.They aren't quite raised, but the texture of them are somewhat...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The immediate possibilities that come to mind include: KS, bacillary angiomatosis, or some form of dermatitis. It is usually possible to treat the skin condition without antiviral medications, but you need to know what the skin condition really... Read more »

purplish growth under my skin

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a small, perfectly round, purplish growth. It is directly under my skin just above my sphincter. It moves a bit but is painless and solitary. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks....
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I can't tell from your description-- you really need a doctor to look at this.... Read more »

please help-freaked out; red mark on skin

I tested negative at 3 months but ever since this nightmare began- way back fron the beginning I started to notice my legs getting swollen and the slightest pressing on them leaves a red mark or impression on my skin. Could this be an aids...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Given that you tested negative at 3 months, it would be unlikely (but not impossible) for you to have HIV infection, AIDS, AIDS lymphoma, or lymphedema related to HIV. You need to see a health care provider for the sake of peace of mind. Nothing you... Read more »
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