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March 1998

Hormone-Induced Acneiform Eruption in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(3):374-376. doi:

Eosinophilic folliculitis and staphylococcal folliculitis are common complications of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease.1 This case series describes another form of folliculitis in HIV-infected individuals that appears to be associated with the use of androgenic or anabolic hormones.

Nine HIV-seropositive men (7 white and 2 Hispanic) with a mean age of 40 years were included. The clinical presentation was an acute follicular eruption on the trunk and upper extremities in patients receiving hormonal therapy for weight loss or hypogonadism (Table 1).