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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-28

Protean manifestations of herpes infection in AIDS cases

1 Department of Skin and V. D. Medical College and SSG Hospital, Vadodara, India
2 Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

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Y S Marfatia
Department of Skin and V. D. Medical College and SSG Hospital, Vadodara
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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common opportunistic infection in the human immunodeficiency virus- (HIV) infected adults. HIV and HSV are co-transmitters of each other. Atypical and more serious clinical manifestations of HSV infection occur in the setting of HIV-induced immunosuppresion. A study was carried out at HIV referral clinic, Govt. Medical College, Vadodara during the period February 2003 to October 2004. Two hundred cases of HIV-positive patients with mucocutaneous manifestations were examined. On the basis of history, clinical features, and biopsy, 50 patients were suspected to have herpes. Among them, genital lesions (18%) were the commonest manifestation followed by oral lesions. Prompt diagnosis, screening of females for cervical herpes, prophylaxis, and early administration of acyclovir therapy is of immense benefit.

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