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Pruritic Papular Eruption of HIV (PPE-HIV)

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B Pruritic papular eruption is a rare condition in HIV-infected persons, typically seen in patients with high CD4 counts.

This answer is incorrect. Pruritic papular eruption is usually an indication of advanced immunodysregulation in patients who have low CD4 counts, and is a common cutaneous finding in HIV-infected persons.

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A Typical antipruritic measures are usually effective in relieving the itching associated with this condition.
C Biopsy and histologic examination of one or more lesions helps to distinguish pruritic papular eruption from other HIV-related conditions that can present with similar findings. .
D A predominance of pustules favors the diagnosis of pruritic papular eruption over infective causes such as bacterial or fungal folliculitis.

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