Do Hiv Rashes Itch?


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No, HIV rashes do not normally itch or cause any kind of pain.
  • What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and is a virus that can eventually lead to AIDS, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. The virus is spread through the bodily fluids of blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluid, so they are normally transferred through unprotected sex, contaminated needles or from mother to baby.

HIV and AIDS were discovered in 1981 and between this time and 2006, 25 million people died from the disease. The majority of deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and leaves millions of children as orphans.

The HIV virus harms the body by targeting the cells of the immune system so they are ineffective at fighting disease and infection. Once the HIV virus has targeted one cell it will then begin reproducing itself until there are so many that the HIV cells are running through the body.

Once the body has so many HIV infected cells within the body it will no longer be able to fight off the everyday diseases and infections we are constantly subjected to. With a weakened immune system, the patient will be subjected to many illnesses which they will struggle to recover from and illnesses that we can normally fight off, such as coughs and colds, can leave the patient seriously ill.

Once AIDS develops, it is recognized as a collection of diseases then can lead to death.
  • What is a HIV rash?

The majority of people who have the HIV virus will develop a rash at some point and approximately 90% of suffers will have some form of skin change. Before the development of a wide range of successful drugs for the treatment of HIV, skin problems were much more common but they are now easier to treat with the drugs available. These drugs preserve the immune system for as long as possible so conditions associated with a lowered immune system are less common.

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