Is phototherapy safe for HIV-Infected individuals?

Melanie L. Adams, Karen R. Houpt, Ponciano D Cruz

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Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a high prevalence of UV radiation-responsive skin diseases including psoriasis, pruritus, eosinophilic folliculitis and eczemas. On the other hand, UV has been shown to suppress T cell-mediated immune responses and to induce activation and replication of HIV. These developments have prompted clinicians and investigators to question whether phototherapy is safe for HlV-infected individuals. We have reviewed these issues and hereby provide a summary and critique of relevant laboratory and clinical evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-237
Number of pages4
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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