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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 other molluscum treatment but it may be more difficult to achieve success due to the suppressed immune system.

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