What Does the HIV Rash Look Like?

  posted by: Rio Dianne



HIV Rash Look LikePeople of all ages come to a point in their lives when they experience rashes. However, for a sexually active person, the occurrence of a rash is something which would cause him to be alarmed as it can be caused by the human immunodeficiency virus.  Acute HIV rash can be extremely frightening.  Still, before freaking out and rushing yourself to see a physician, try to inspect the rash on your own. What does the HIV rash look like, you ask?  What other symptoms are associated with it?  Here are some of the facts you can note.

The HIV ars rash is characterized by small, flat, and elevated lesions.  This is also known as maculopapular rash. Usually, the color of maculopapular rash is red, but since the complexion of each person varies, the spots can appear dark red to brown on fair – skinned people.  As for those with dark complexions, the color can be seen as dark brown to purple or even black. These hives are usually located on the trunk of the body.  They can rarely be seen on the neck, face, hands, and feet.

Once you’ve confirmed that the rashes are indeed maculopapular ones, don’t fret yet as it may still be a symptom of other diseases like measles if you haven’t had one, shingles, dengue hemorrhagic fever, and many others not unless you have other symptoms of HIV including the following:

  • Rashes and blotches are itchy, tender, and painful
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • General weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Whit patches on the mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat

Moreover, its transmission is very high especially if you had contact with an infected person.  If these are the cases, you need to seek medical attention and immediately to undergo a series of tests thus confirming your diagnosis as possible.  This is what does the HIV rash look like.  We hope that we were able to help you.  Meanwhile, let’s take a peek on some images and pictures of the rashes of a person with HIV.

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4 Responses

ice Says:April 3rd, 2013 at 9:08 am

uhhh thx this really calmed me down :) . i went to a dermatologist and she said i have allergic and hormonal acne , rash , and my boyfriend which i have a relationship from 4 years doesnt have any rash on his body , but still i was worried :D mine doesnt itch and rnt painful thxxx

mariela Says:February 28th, 2012 at 9:08 am

w3 i don’t have HIV i’m 14 years old and well is sad have this problem about HIV axd AIDS whoever have this car3 yah s3lfs -lov3 3sa flk1ss

Denz Says:November 22nd, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Thanks for the nice comment Stefan.

Stefan Lazarus Says:November 22nd, 2011 at 10:21 am

I’ve been studying HIV for 30 years. I’m a mathematician and I have done HIV infectivity projections: My results indicate that one in five people globally is currently HIV positive. I would consider this a major crisis. The news media is avoiding this topic like the plague. No one will ever know the actual numbers because it is too late to test everybody on the planet, thus all we have is mathematical models. I have termed this era as “The Time of the Great Dying”.
Stefan Lazarus 1-310-593-1297.

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