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Skin diseases are
common among HIV patients

Skin diseases are
common among HIV patients

Study shows skin diseases are common among HIV patients, even those on antiretrovirals.

Skin diseases are relatively common among HIV-positive adults, according to a study in the April issue of the Journal of theAmerican Academy of Dermatology, Reuters Health reports. The study, conducted by researchers in Brazil, focused on nearly 900 HIV-positive people who visited a dermatology clinic between 1997 and 2002. More than 60% of the study subjects had started taking antiretroviral drugs before visiting the clinic. About 18% of the clinic patients experienced folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles in the skin. Genital warts, caused by coinfection with human papillomavirus, were reported in 11.5% of the study participants. Seborrheic dermatitis was reported in 10.6% of the clinic patients. The researchers also reported that molluscum contagiosum, a skin disease caused by a pox virus, was more common among HIV patients taking anti-HIV drugs than among those not receiving antiretroviral therapy, but they are unsure why antiretrovirals seem to boost risks for the condition. (The Advocate)

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