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GEORGE J.HRUZAMDLYNN A.CORNELIUSMDJONSTARRMD
A 32-year-old African American woman with human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) and a 3-year history of extensive facial molluscum contagiosum (MCV) presented to the dermatology clinic for treatment. The patient had been treated with multiple therapies, including liquid nitrogen, topical 0.05% liquid tretinoin, and 0.5% topical podofilox, with no improvement and some secondary irritation to the latter 2 therapies.
At her initial appointment, she was taking nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept), 750 mg 3 times daily; stavudine (Zerit), 40 mg twice daily; didanosine (Videx), 200 mg twice daily; trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim DS), 800 mg/160 mg every day; and fluconazole (Diflucan), 100 mg every day. She had been receiving nelfinavir, stavudine, and didanosine for 5 months and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and fluconazole since shortly after her diagnosis 3 years earlier. Her CD4 T-cell count was 0.004×109/L (38/mm3) and the viral load (Roche Amplicor HIV-1 RNA–polymerase chain reaction [RNA-PCR]) was at 2900 RNA copies/mL. This represented an approximately 1.5 log reduction in her initial viral load and had remained relatively stable during the past few months.
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