Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Associated Rashes

  • Elizabeth Crow
  • Ilene Claudius


Dermatologic manifestations are common in HIV. While an erythematous maculopapular rash can occur in the context of acute HIV infection, most HIV-associated rashes appear more commonly and severely in the setting of significant immunodeficiency. Intensely pruritic lesions could represent eosinophilic folliculitis, while crusted scabies is often mildly pruritic. Severe forms of common diseases, such as seborrheic dermatitis and molluscum contagiosum, are common in patients immunocompromised from HIV. Kaposi’s is an important neoplasm to recognize and is typically painless and nonpruritic with a red, brown, or violaceous discoloration. It is both important to recognize and treat these manifestations of HIV, as well as testing for HIV in patients presenting with these dermatologic conditions.


Human immunodeficiency virus Antiretroviral therapy AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) CD4 count Immunocompromise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Crow
    • 1
  • Ilene Claudius
    • 2
  1. 1.Los Angeles County Medical Center, Department of Emergency MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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