Cutaneous manifestations of HIV infection other than Kaposi's sarcoma: clinical and histologic aspects

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1990 Jun;22(6 Pt 2):1260-9. doi: 10.1016/0190-9622(90)70172-e.


The skin is commonly affected in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Viral, bacterial, fungal, and protozoal infections and ectoparasitic infestations may affect the skin primarily or secondarily in this patient population. In addition, common inflammatory dermatoses may be severe and persistent. Furthermore, unusual inflammatory conditions not commonly seen in immunocompetent patients may occur. The more common opportunistic infectious diseases, as well as some of the inflammatory dermatoses, in patients with HIV infection are discussed. By recognizing these conditions, patients with HIV infection can be more readily identified and treated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Bacterial Infections / complications
  • Dermatomycoses / complications
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • Humans
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / complications*
  • Virus Diseases / complications