HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a sexually transmitted disease that can also be transmitted through contaminated blood. The virus weakens the immune system and can be deadly. Although there is no cure for HIV, there are medications that can help keep the virus under control and your immune system will be better able to fight the disease. For many of those diagnosed with HIV in New York City, visible skin conditions associated with the disease are the most psychologically troubling symptoms. Our practice offers effective, discreet skin care for HIV-related skin conditions.
If you’d like to learn more about HIV skin care treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the health that you deserve.
Since HIV weakens the immune system, a variety of symptoms may be present in those who are diagnosed with the disease. In many cases, rare skin conditions might be the first sign of infection. HIV is associated with a variety of visible skin issues. Noticing red, brown, pink or purple discolorations on the skin, below the skin’s surface and even inside the nose, mouth or eyelids is common with HIV. White spots inside the mouth or throat indicating thrush (yeast infection) may also be an indicator.
HIV-related skin issues may also come about because of the occurrence of an additional disease, made possible by the weakened immune system. For example, herpes simplex lesions frequently occur in combination with advanced stages of AIDS, the disease that’s caused by HIV. Shingles, a different form of the chicken pox virus, can cause a painful rash and blisters; the body is more susceptible to a shingles outbreak when HIV positive.
Finally, Kaposi’s sarcoma, the most common AIDS-related cancer, can cause dark reddish-purple lesions throughout the skin as well as internally. Painful sores may develop inside the mouth as well.
Dr. Green can help you control the surface aspects of HIV- and AIDS-related illnesses through a compassionate approach toward skin care treatments that can minimize the social stigma associated with such visible signs of HIV and AIDS.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of HIV- or AIDS-related skin conditions, there’s a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Dr. Green’s combination approach toward HIV skin treatment may be right for you.