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Where Is The Hiv Rash Located

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The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...Know if I Have HIV? Most people cannot tell that they have been exposed or infected. Symptoms of HIV infection may show up within two to four weeks of exposure to HIV, and can include fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, or rash. Some people do not notice the symptoms because the symptoms are mild, or people think they have a cold or the flu. The only way to know for sure if you are infected is to take an HIV test. Do I Need to Get...
Ask the Experts

rash on face

I was diagnosed in 2003, and have had sucess with the meds ive been on, but suddenly deveoped a rash on my face. I take Atripla, any suggestions?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Many conditions can cause facial rash in HIV+ pxs including common ones like seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and roscea. Certain rashes (such as blistering lesions or onde Read more »

Facial Rash

About a year before I was diagnosed HIV+ I developed a facial rash characterized by dry scaliness, redness and itchiness. It is mostly on my cheeks, upper lip, side of nose and eyebrows. It gets worse (on my cheeks) if I don't shave daily. It still...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...HIV+ patients are at increased risk for many skin conditions. Among the most common is seborrhea dermatitis which often is located on the face the case with the characteristics you describe. I recommend an evaluation by an HIV specialist or... Read more »


I have read that the rash with HIV is usually on the upper chest and back and lasts for several days is this correct?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I'm not sure which rash you are talking about. Established HIV infection is associated with a host of skin conditions that could be lumped together under the heading rash. They are often Read more »


I am HIV pos and have a small painful rash on my lower back...I have never had chicken pox as a kid...Could it still be Shingles?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...A rash localized to a band like region in the skin (lower back a common location) with pain/blisters could well be shingled (herpes Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Filgrastim (Neupogen)

...canbe controlled with over the counter medications. Filgrastim can also cause an enlargement of the spleen. The spleen is located in the upper left side of the abdomen just under the ribs. Other side effects include weakness, muscle aches,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Didanosine (Videx, ddI)

...usually get better or disappear over time. The most common side effects of didanosine are diarrhea, headaches, vomiting and rash. Diarrhea, caused by the buffer in the tablets, is sometimes severe. Side effects are less common with the EC version... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

... When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS

...others and should try to implement precautions to prevent doing so. A negative result means that: No antibodies were found in your blood at this time. A negative result does NOT mean: You are not infected with HIV (if you... Read more »
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How long does ARS rash last?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
... I'm just wondering for those who have experienced ARS, how long did the rash last? I had a rash for over 4 weeks. Also for those who experienced ARS, was your fever high grade or low grade? my risk factor Read more »

rash under armpit

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies a rash under the armpit a common ars symptom. the rash under my armpit looks to me as it is is kind of red in color but not Read more »

At my wit's end...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...piece of "evidence." This is what I fear: perhaps, when we had intercourse, my partner had just been recently infected with HIV and did not know it at the time. He then exhibited ARS 3 days later, and a week later, I also exhibited ARS after... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
... What does the ARS rash look like? I got a rash like this after giving a man oral sex. Click on the "rash occuring with glandular fever" Is that Read more »