Bumps on the skin are not a symptom of recent HIV infection.
Much later, if a person has had HIV for several years and not received antiretroviral treatment, their immune system may be so weakened that they could be vulnerable to a skin infection known as molluscum contagiosum.
But there are many, many other possible causes of bumps on the skin, including insect bites and allergic reactions to medication.
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In addition, our Q&A experts sometimes address questions about skin problems in our "Ask the Experts" forums. Here are some of those questions and our experts' responses:
- What are these itchy, red bumps?
I'm 17. I have bad breakouts under my armpits; small, itchy red bumps on my stomach, and an odor and bad itchiness in my vaginal area.
- Molluscum: HIV symptom?
Is molluscum a sign of HIV? How common is it in HIV-negative people? If it's located on my stomach, not my genitals, how did I contract it?
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