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Clinical Practice  |   January 1993
Skin manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): Part 1. Infectious manifestations
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Clinical Practice   |   January 1993
Skin manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): Part 1. Infectious manifestations
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 1993, Vol. 93, 106. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.1.106
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 1993, Vol. 93, 106. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.1.106
Abstract

The incidence of the autoimmunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is rising at an alarming rate. Usually, the first clue to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease is an infection of the skin. The author describes a number of fungal, viral, and bacterial infections seen in myinfected patients and names the most effective therapies. Because my is immunosuppressive, the cutaneous conditions seen will be more difficult to treat than in nonimmunosuppressed patients, recurrence is more common, and permanent prophylactic therapy may be necessary. Part 2, to be published next month, will discuss noninfectious inflammatory diseases of the skin, malignant cutaneous neoplasms, and nonclassified skin changes found in my -infected individuals. These skin infections are manageable if patients are seen as early as possible, a diagnosis is confirmed promptly, and aggressive therapy is initiated.