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HIV rash on face: symptoms, drugs list

HIV rash on face

Rashes are one of the generally known signs of HIV, especially in its earliest stage. In fact, 90% of HIV patients experience skin rashes alongside other symptoms of the infection. But where does HIV rash usually occur?

HIV rashes usually emerge on the face and trunk. Although it could also develop on the hands and legs, the occurrence is rare for these specific body parts. The condition appears as tiny and raised skin lesions, making the HIV rash on face a little annoying and embarrassing.

An HIV rash can surface 14 to 28 days after initial exposure to the virus. However, it can also vanish on its own like other HIV symptoms after two to three weeks. HIV medications are available to treat this skin condition.


HIV symptoms rash

What are other HIV symptoms rash? Alongside the appearance of red spots and blotches on the skin, other symptoms can develop once the infection flares up. Consider the following:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Mild to severe headaches
  • White patches on the mouth (oral thrush)
  • Muscles aches (myalgias)

These are the most common signs of the infection. Some individuals are asymptomatic, making it difficult to diagnose the condition.

Some skin rashes are caused by HIV medication, not by the virus itself. It means that even if you did not experience rashes after the infection, you are likely to get the skin condition as a side effect of the HIV drug you are taking.


Face HIV rash on black skin

What does a face HIV rash on black skin look like? HIV rashes can look distinctly on different skin color. For example, the area affected with HIV rash can look purple in Black races. Meanwhile, on white skin, the rashes can look red. Another example includes having brown or black skin where the skin appears inflamed but not red. Sometimes, the rashes can also be the same color as the surrounding skin.

Rashes can sometimes be confusing. Since there are many reasons skin rashes develop, it can be challenging to determine the infection. This case is especially true for people with black skin.


HIV drugs list

Treating HIV involves the use of antiretroviral drugs. These medications combine two or more drugs under different medical classifications. These are as follows:

NRTIs (Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors)

  • Emtriva
  • Epivir
  • Retrovir
  • Viread
  • Ziagen

NNRTIs (Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors)

  • Edurant
  • Intelence
  • Pifeltro
  • Sustiva
  • Viramune IR
  • Viramune XR


Integrase Inhibitors

  • Isentress
  • Isentress HD
  • Tivicay
  • Vocabria

Protease Inhibitors

  • Aptivus
  • Lexiva
  • Prezista
  • Reyataz

Entry/Attachment Inhibitors

  • Fuzeon
  • Rukubio
  • Selzentry
  • Trogarzo

Pharmacokinetic Enhancers

  • Norvir
  • Tybost

Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs

  • Atripla
  • Biktarvy
  • Cabana
  • Cimduo
  • Combivir
  • Complera
  • Descovy
  • Delstrigo
  • Dovato
  • Epzicom
  • Truvada


  • Evotaz
  • Genvoya
  • Juluca
  • Kaletra
  • Odefsey
  • Prezcobix
  • Symtuza
  • Symfi
  • Symfi Lo
  • Stribild
  • Triumeq



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