Did you know that you could actually have been infected with the HIV virus long before any outward symptoms such as a skin rash will appear?

Integrity and HIV

Many people will have been infected a whole 8 weeks earlier with the HIV virus but will only realise that something is not right with their health when they develop a puzzling rash on their body and arms. 

I can understand why people do not instantly realise that they need to go and get those spots and rash blemishes checked out due to the fact that some people can be super sensitive to developing some kind of irritation rash if they change their laundry detergent, sit in the sun for too long, use certain brands of toiletries and fragranced perfumes.

HIV and its virus will go through different development stages as it begins to attack your immune system, and it is during these initial stages that your skin will show up symptoms of blemishes, spots and rashes. It is thought that 92% of sufferers will go through these changes, and once you begin to take your prescribed medication you can also expect to have skin problems due to that certain medication.

A skin blemish or rash that is due to the virus will take on the appearance of a bump which will be red, these will often show up all over your body but do tend to appear more on your chest and face area and also your hands and feet, you may develop mouth ulcers that can be quite painful. These rashes themselves are not a big problem unless they become infected through scratching too hard, effort should be made to look after your skin integrity and to keep it as healthy as possible. If you ignore this advice then you could become prone to developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), if you have over 30% of your body covered with these rashes then unfortunately you will be in the category of HIV sufferers who have the largest reaction to either the drugs or the virus.

During the past few years’ lots of research has been carried out on the actual drugs which are now used to combat the HIV virus, so this has enabled health professionals to tweak these so that the person taking them is prone to developing less of a rash than in the earlier days of these drugs being used to treat the HIV virus. It is however an unfortunate fact that no amount of prescribed or over the counter drugs from your pharmacy will treat these blemishes and skin rashes.   It has been advised however that you stay out of strong sunlight as much as you possibly can, keep a note of your food intake as certain things could inflame your skin more than others, use toiletries for sensitive skin and take hot showers to help eradicate these rashes altogether or to keep them to a minimum.