Hiv Purple Spots

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Early Infection Health Issues

I was diagnosed a month ago, and I am confident that I was infected approximately 6 months ago. As of a month ago, my initial T Cell readings were 215 at 25% and my VL was 403,000. These troubling numbers so early are worrying me. In addition, I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...count, but is more common and much more severe at lower counts. If you're concerned about your purple spot, show it to your HIV specialist or an HIV-knowledgeable dermatologist. As for when and what to start, that's a lengthy discussion you... Read more »

Need Help from Dr. B

Hey Dr.Bob! How are you doing I love the work you do and appreciate it. I am a 18yr male and a have question regarding purple spots in my mouth i had 2 purple spots on the inside of my cheek they both went away but a couple weeks later they...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Unfortunately I cannot diagnose "purple spots" over the Internet. However, what I can tell you, with great certainty, is that if you had a negative HIV test three months or Read more »


What is the difference between a viral load test and a pcr test? Is one better than the other? Also, I read a symptom of hiv is purple or brown spots on or under the skin that look like bruises. What is it that actually causes these spots?
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...A viral load test measures HIV-1 RNA levels in the blood plasma. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one method used to detect viral load or HIV DNA in blood Read more »

Full blown aids or not; are his chances over?

Dr. Dezube, my brother was diagnosed with HIV back in 1983. He had purple spots break out on his skin back in the early 90's and they are still there but not as bright. Does this have anything to do with his HIV? His T-Cell count dropped to 270...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Dear Robbie:I'm sorry to read about your brother. With a CD4 count of 140, he had AIDS as opposed to just HIV infection. The purple spots on his back may be Kaposi's sarcoma, but it's impossible to be sure without a skin biopsy. Although you... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) diagnosed by looking at the skin lesions. They are usually flat, painless, and do not itch or drain. They can look like a bruise, but a bruise will lose its purple color if you push on it; a KS lesion won't. KS lesions can grow into raised... Read more »
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