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Question: Purplish and pinkish spots on / under skin


 mike19856 - Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:24 pm

These markings typically will fad after a day or two they are almost flourescent - I have recently been in a situation of unsafe sex and fear they may be some complication between hiv and cancer????

Please provide input.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:28 pm

User avatar Hi Mike19856,

It is hard to say for sure what these spots are without being able to see them. They may be areas of minute bleeding due to breaking capillaries (referred to as petechiae). It would be a little unusual for them to fade over the course of a day. These spots typically will fade similar to a bruise over the course of 2 or more days.

This also doesn't sound particularly like HIV. The classic condition with HIV that produces spotty discoloration of the skin is Kaposi's Sarcoma. In this condition the spots are larger and do not fade quickly.

If HIV is a possibility I would recommend you be tested since infection can be asymptomatic.

If you continue to have these spots I would recommend you have them evaluated.

Best wishes.

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