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GLOBAL HEALTH REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 275-280

Dermatology and HIV/AIDS in Africa


1 Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, UCLA Medical Center; David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
3 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, USA
4 Department of Medicine (Dermatology), Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, USA
5 Department of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital, Headington, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
6 Regional Dermatology Training Center (RDTC), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tumaini University Medical School, Moshi, Tanzania
7 Department of Medicine, Section of Dermatology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
8 David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Noah Craft
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.83535

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Human immunodeficiency virus and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) have greatly complicated dermatologic disease and the required care in most regions of Africa. Opportunistic infections, ectoparasites, Kaposi sarcoma, and skin manifestations of systemic infections are exceedingly common in patients with HIV/AIDS. Dermatologists have contributed significantly to our knowledge base about HIV/AIDS and have played an important educational role regarding the clinical manifestations historically. Because of the increased burden of skin disease in Africa due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic we must redouble our efforts to provide dermatology education to care providers in Africa. We review the burden of skin disease in Africa, how it relates to HIV/AIDS and global infectious disease, current educational strategies in Africa to address this need, and suggest potential solutions to move these efforts forward.


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