HIV Rash Symptoms

HIV rash symptoms are some of the early symptoms of HIV, along with fever, chills, nausea and swollen lymph nodes. Some people experience severe forms of these symptoms, while others barely notice them. The HIV rash symptoms can look similar to other forms of skin conditions, so learning how to identify them and place them in context with other early symptoms of HIV can encourage you to get to the doctor for testing. Symptoms alone are not an accurate way to determine if you are infected with HIV; only a blood test can verify that.

HIV Rash
When someone contracts the virus, one of the possible symptoms that can manifest is a rash. The rash will usually appear on the infected person's torso and face anywhere from two six weeks after infection. Rarely, the rash may spread to the extremities. The rash generally consists of small hard red bumps, and the rash may fade and renew over a period of time. Of course, some people who contract HIV never experience a rash, and a similar rash can occur as a result of some other medical condition besides HIV.

Drug Reaction Rashes
Often, patients develop a rash because of the medications they are taking to slow down the reproduction of the virus. The medications are powerful, and when the body has an allergic or adverse reaction to the medication, skin rashes can develop. Fever accompanying a skin rash may lead to anaphylactic shock, and in some cases, death. For that reason, patients taking medication for HIV must follow their doctors' instructions carefully.

HIV Symptoms That May Accompany The Rash
A rash by itself is likely not HIV, but when it is accompanied by other symptoms, you may want to visit a doctor to rule out HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases that have similar symptoms. Many people describe early HIV symptoms as flu-like: fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headaches and overwhelming fatigue. Other people do not experience any symptoms of any kind even though they are infected with HIV.

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