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Adv Dent Res. 2006 Apr 1;19(1):69-72.

Skin lesions: mirror images of oral lesion infections.

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The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, 104 Rajdumri Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.


Skin lesions can be the presenting signs for HIV disease and are among the most prevalent manifestations throughout the course of HIV disease. Correlation of skin diseases and HIV disease staging has long been recognized and used to guide medical management in resource-limited settings. The purpose of this paper is to give a review of common skin infections presented in HIV-infected patients. Common skin infections presenting in HIV-infected patients include viral, fungal, mycobacterial, and bacterial infections, along with skin infestation. Key diagnostic points correlate with certain HIV disease staging for many skin diseases. These can help facilitate appropriate diagnosis and referral by health care personnel when treating HIV-infected patients who have skin lesions. Knowledge of common skin manifestations found in HIV-infected patients is essential for all health care personnel who work in the HIV field. Most skin infections presenting in HIV-infected patients can be treated effectively if the correct diagnosis and appropriate referral are made promptly.

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