Prevalence of dermatophytes and yeasts (Candida spp., Malassezia furfur) in HIV patients - A study of former drug addicts

Adriano Di Silverio, Valeria Brazzelli, Giuliano Brandozzi, Giorgio Barbarini, Anna Maccabruni, Severino Sacchi

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Abstract

The prevalence of dermatophytes and yeasts (Candida spp. and Pityrosporum spp.) was studied in 40 former drug-addicts, all of whom were HIV seropositive but otherwise had no other symptoms (2nd Stage CDC Atlanta, 1987). We considered 7 skin areas for dermatophytes and Pityrosporum spp. (scalp, forehead, nose, back, chest, groin, toe webs) and the mouth for yeasts. Dermatophytes were found in 8 (20%) and tinea pedis was the most common dermatophytosis: Tricophyton rubrum was the fungus most frequently isolated (6 cases or 15%). The HIV + group showed almost the same rate of dermatophytes colonisation compared to a group of 121 athletes and to the control group. Candida spp. was present in 27 cases (67.5%) but clinical oral lesions were evident only in 5 patients (12.5%). Statistically significant differences were found in the presence of Candida spp. in HIV patients and controls (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalMycopathologia
Volume114
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1991

Keywords

  • dermatophytes
  • HIV patients
  • yeasts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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