Prevalence and clinical spectrum of skin disase in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus

B. M. Coldiron, P. R. Bergstresser

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We examined 100 serial patients who were receiving care in a county outpatient immunodeficiency clinic and whose serum was positive by Western blot test for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Skin disorders were found in 92% of these HIV-infected patients, with little difference in prevalence or severity in three clinical categories: patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related complex, and those who were asymptomatic. Patients positive for HIV antibodies had significantly more skin disease, with the exception of dermatophytosis, than did a historical control population. A strong association was observed between the use of zidovudine and the absence of infection with Candida albicans. We conclude that there is a high prevalence of skin disease in HIV-positive patients who seek medical care, and that specialists in skin disease should be included in these patients' initial evaluation and continuing care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Volume125
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

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HIV
Skin
Skin Diseases
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Tinea
Zidovudine
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Candida albicans
Western Blotting
Antibodies
Infection
Serum
Population

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Prevalence and clinical spectrum of skin disase in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. / Coldiron, B. M.; Bergstresser, P. R.

In: Archives of Dermatology, Vol. 125, No. 3, 1989, p. 357-361.

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Coldiron, B. M. ; Bergstresser, P. R. / Prevalence and clinical spectrum of skin disase in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. In: Archives of Dermatology. 1989 ; Vol. 125, No. 3. pp. 357-361.
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