Posted by: Jules | 2017/11/25


AIDS skin condition

Hi ... my domestic worker has AIDS and is on ARVS for about a year now. We realized something was terribly wrong a year ago when she developed an awful skin condition that was terribly painful. Bit like crocodile skin. It was really bad. We subsequently found out she had AIDS. The ARVS have been good and she has been doing so well (she happens to have an amaziing attitude which really helps as well), recently the skin condition has come back and we are all really worried. I have the creams for her that the dermatologist origiginally recommended for her and they are providing some relief. My question. Is ... is this type of skin condition going to happen from time to time? I took her to my GP and she does go to the clinic. Is there anything else we (her and I ... we are a team), be doing? Thank you

Expert's Reply


HIV/Aids expert
- 2018/01/08

HIV and AIDS are not the same thing. HIV is a virus that leads to AIDS. AIDS is end-stage HIV. If your domestic worker is on treatment and doing well then she is living with HIV. It is important for us to use the correct terminology

About the skin condition - it could be unrelated to HIV. Sounds like it could be eczema. Get her seen by a doctor or nurse clinician and hopefully we get the correct diagnosis for her skin condition

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