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Cutaneous manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus infection

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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection continues to be a major challenge to medical science worldwide. Diseases of the skin and mucous membranes were among the first recognised clinical manifestations of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the early 1980s. There is no skin condition reported so far that is specific for HIV infection but some, like Kaposi's sarcoma and eosinophilic folliculitis, are strongly suggestive. Skin diseases which usually are self-limited or tend to run a milder course may become chronic, with frequent relapses and resistance to treatment. Drug resistance has added problems in management with profound effects on health economy. Recognising HIV-related skin diseases may lead to early diagnosis and initiation of antiretroviral therapy and the role of histopathology and microbiology in the diagnostic process should not be underestimated.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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