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What do AIDS and HIV sores look like?

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Skin sores or lesions resulting from human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome can look red, brown or purple in color; look like blisters; appear as white lesions across the tongue; appear as pink or flesh-toned bumps; and look like warts, according to Healthline. There are many differing types of skin conditions that are linked to HIV, including rashes, sores and lesions.

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Specific types of skin issues related to HIV include Kaposi's sarcoma, herpes, oral hairy leukoplakia, molluscum contagiosum and scabies, explains Healthline. Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of cancer that forms dark colored lesions along blood vessels, which only occurs when a person's T4 cell count is extremely low, while herpes blisters can form on the mouth, genitals or eyes in severe cases. Oral hairy leukoplakia is an infection caused by a virus in the mouth related to a weak immune system, making it very common among HIV and AIDS patients.

The stages of HIV are acute infection, clinical latency and lastly AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During acute infection, an individual experiences flu-like symptoms within two to four weeks of infection. The clinical latency period lasts up to a decade for individuals not receiving antiretroviral treatment, but for those who are receiving treatment, this period can last for many decades. AIDS occurs when the immune system is badly weakened, and those not receiving treatment typically live three years at this stage.

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