Everyone must be worried when told that they could’ve get contract by HIV infection because of the rashes he had on his face. HIV rash is one of the early HIV symptoms, but it can also be found in the late stage of the disease.
HIV infection might cause rashes as one of the skin manifestation of the disease. They usually appear on the face, trunk, or extremity in the first two weeks of a possible transmission. HIV rashes can be found in any part of the body, and there is no special predilection.
In HIV positive patients, rashes don’t always due to the HIV infection. There are many etiology can cause the same rashes as HIV rashes, including drug rashes, allergic reaction, psoriasis, or opportunistic infection.
HIV rashes appear as a slightly raised small dark bumps in dark people. People with paler skin can develop red or brownish rashes. Most of these rashes don’t need special treatment and some of them can disappear after two weeks. Antiretroviral treatment can eliminate rashes due to HIV infection. If these rashes still exist despite antiretroviral treatment, then they might be caused by other etiology, such as malignancy, opportunistic infection, or drugs side effects.
An HIV positive person has a better life expectancy if treated early. So if you have rashes on your face or on other parts of the body within two to three weeks of possible contact with infected bodily fluid, you should concern about it. Go to your doctor and ask whether you should get yourself a complete general check up, or else you can test yourself using home HIV test kit.
HIV rashes are not a serious complication or life-threatening condition, but they can be a marker of an early symptoms of HIV infection. Hopefully if you can detect this symptom in the early stage of HIV infection, you might have a better life expectancy and a good prognosis.