Abstract

A CLINICAL STUDY OF MUCOCUTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS IN HIV/AIDS PATIENTS ATTENDING A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN ANDHRA PRADESH

Author(s): Gitu Duara 1 , S. Ramatulasi 2 , B. Sudha Madhuri 3 , N. Chakravarthi 4 , S. Sandhya 5

India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world. In 2013, there were about 2.1 million people living with HIV. (1) The prevalence in India varies geographically. Andhra Pradesh seconds the list amongst the five states with highest prevalence in India. East Godavari District of AP has a high incidence of HIV/AIDS patients, next only to Guntur. Dermatological diseases are very common in HIV infected patients and are often its presenting features. So, this study was undertaken to evaluate the incidence of various mucocutaneous manifestations in HIV patients and their socio demographic determinants. This crosssectional study was conducted in D.V.L department, KIMS, Amalapuram, East Godavari District, AP over a period of 18 months extending from July 2013 to December 2014. The study population consisted of 200 patients. Out of these, 46 patients were those who attended the D.V.L OP of KIMS, Amalapuram with various mucocutaneous diseases and found to be positive for HIV infection and the rest 154 patients were from amongst established cases of HIV admitted in other departments of KIMS and showing mucocutaneous manifestations. This study emphasizes the need for meticulous search for various mucocutaneous manifestations in HIV patients. Their presence mandates HIV testing in patients who are not screened for HIV.