HIV Rash

I am sure that you have heard about HIV before, since it is one of the most important topics of our days. This is partially because there have been millions of people infected and another reason is that there is no actual cure for the illness, so it is very important to know the most things possible about it. In this article, I am going to tell you some things about HIV rash.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and this is the reason for AIDS is able to develop. One of the easiest ways to recognize HIV infection is the dark skin rash that appears in case of people who have been infected. This rash becomes visible about three weeks after the virus has been contracted. It is almost vital to understand the signs and the symptoms of the HIV rash, in order to be able to take proper steps that will eventually lead to diagnosing and combating the infection.

As I have mentioned before, the rash is easy to recognize, because it appears as raised bumps or blotches that in the majority of the cases, are small and dark colored in a centralized place. They might appear on any body part of the infected person and it is also possible that they appear in several different locations. The most common parts for the rashes to manifest include face, hands, torso, genitals and feet. In case the person in question has fair skin, the color of the bumps might be brown or dark red, while in case of those who have dark skin the bumps usually are dark purple or black.

There are several types of rash and they might be tender, itchy and sore. Still you should know that there are some other symptoms of the HIV as well that appear simultaneously with the rash. The early symptoms that appear along with the rash include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, swollen glands, lethargy and sore throat. It is also important to take into consideration that although it is very common for the infected people to have rashes, this doesn't appear always in case of the infection. On the other hand, it is also possible for the infected people to have rashes because of other causes as well, not just because of the infection. Such diseases include Molloscum contagiosum, herpes zoster, herpes simplex infections and also Kaposi's sarcoma lesions.

I am sure you know that there are stages of HIV infection. The rash might manifest in the second stage (in total there are four of them). The name of this stage is known to be as 'acute infection'. The signs of this kind of infection start manifesting between the second and the fourth weeks of infection and they might last for about 28 days, but the minimum time that the rash might last is 7 days.


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