HIV Rash

One of the symptoms of the human immunodeficiency virus infection is a rash. This article speaks of this rash in greater detail, and other aspects of this disease.
HIV is the short for human immunodeficiency virus. And you must be aware of the fact that this is the same virus that is responsible for causing the incurable disease - AIDS. AIDS, short for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is known to be most deadliest disease in the world. As the name suggests, the virus's main victim is the immune system of the body. Over time, it makes the system so weak that it loses its capability to fight off even the mildest of pathogens. A person affected by AIDS might not be able to survive even a condition such as a common cold. After a person has been infected by HIV, it may take several years for him to develop a fully fledged form of AIDS.

Rash Caused by HIV

It may take several years for the affected person to step in the phase of a fully developed AIDS. There are these cells known as CD4 cells. They are an important part of the immune system, which help in warding off diseases. So what the HIV does is, it keeps on destroying these cells over time, reducing their count to 200. It is then the person is said to have developed AIDS.

The HIV rash occurs takes place post about three weeks the infection has taken place. The early symptoms that may accompany this rash may include the skin becoming scaly and somewhat developing an appearance that is similar in the case of the condition known as psoriasis. The rash may include sores that develop on the genital areas, and on the regions of the skin, face, hands and feet. Other accompanying symptoms may include raised bumps or blotches which may appear reddish or brown in color in people with a fair complexion, and dark purple or black for those with a darker complexion. These may have a centralized location, and may appear in multiple parts of the body.

Does HIV Rash Itch?

Yes it does. The rash, apart from being itchy, may be felt to be tender and sore as well, for some people. Note that not all HIV patients develop this rash. Furthermore, similar kind of rash may be experienced by people who are affected by medical conditions other than AIDS.

According to medical experts say that the appearance of this rash is an indication of the stage where the person is most likely to have developed HIV/AIDS. And to conclude with some preventive measures against AIDS, do not ignore the importance of safe sex, and use of sterile injections. Also, never share syringes with anyone. Lastly, expecting mothers must always seek medical help if she suspects an HIV infection. With the help of early medical intervention, the baby can be kept from contracting the infection.
By Rajib Singha
Published: 9/30/2010
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