Skin Problems Related to HIV

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HIV can cause certain skin problems, and some skin problems can be indicative of having HIV, including capisce sarcoma. Look for purplish nodules on the skin as potential signs of HIV with help from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care and dermatology.

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Hello I'm Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, board certified dermatologist and author of Six Weeks to sensational Skin. This clip is about skin problems related to HIV. HIV can give you certain skin problems. Probably the most common of which can even be related to some side effects of the medication for HIV, but we will talk now just about problems that are sometimes indicative of having the HIV disease. And probably the most characteristic of these is what's called capisce sarcoma. Capisce sarcoma represents, or it looks like a purplish nodule, or bump that can be seen on the face or the body. When it first comes out it is reminiscent even of an acne cyst, but as time goes on it may become a little bit more purplish in hue, and it isn't going to go away. So, if you should have anything like this you really do need to be seen by a dermatologist or your family doctor and have some blood work and possibly a biopsy.This is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo in Miami.


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