Molluscum and HIV
Both molluscum contagiosum and HIV are viral diseases. When
a person is infected with HIV, the disease may make the immune
system weaker. As a result, the body is less likely to be able
to fight off or control other viruses, inlcuding molluscum.
Molluscum are more common in individuals infected with HIV
and may even be one of the initial signs that someone is
infected with HIV. In a person with risk factorsfor HIV, the
presence of molluscum should warrant a visit to the doctor.
Treatment for molluscum in those with HIV is similar to
treatment but it may be more difficult to achieve success
due to the suppressed immune system.
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