What are the possible cutaneous complications of herpes simplex and herpes zoster viruses in HIV disease?

Updated: Apr 19, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Recurrent oral and anogenital HSV infection is common in patients infected with HIV, and it may lead to chronic ulcerations. In pediatric patients, HSV stomatitis is more common than varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and may become chronic and ulcerative. Patients with VZV may develop chronic ecthymatous VZV (see the image below).

Old herpes zoster and Kaposi sarcoma in a patient Old herpes zoster and Kaposi sarcoma in a patient with HIV disease.

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