What are the skin/cutaneous findings in pediatric HIV infection?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Delia M Rivera, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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HIV dermatitis causes an erythematous papular rash and is observed in about 25% of children with HIV infection.

Vesicular lesions in a unilateral dermatomal distribution or in the oral, genital, or anal area may represent reactivation of herpes zoster.

Erythematous candidal dermatitis that does not respond to standard therapy may be present.

Bleeding or bruising of the mucous membranes and skin may be observed in children with HIV and immune thrombocytopenic purpura, although this is uncommon.

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