What are photo-induced drug reactions in HIV disease?

Updated: Apr 19, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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A study by Vin-Christian et al found that photosensitivity in HIV-infected patients appears to be a manifestation of advanced disease. [47] Most of the patients in that study were sensitive to ultraviolet B (UV-B) light; however, the patients who were most severely affected were sensitive to both UV-B and UV-A light. [47]

Photo-induced lichenoid drug reactions may occur in HIV-infected patients, particularly those with dark skin. In addition, HIV-infected patients may experience drug-induced pigmentation of skin exposed to light.


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