From: TheKernel on
Hi everyone

I'm a black African man and have had vitiligo on my right elbow since I
was very very young (4 or 5).I also have had pinkish lips but my lower
lip has depigmented more over the last 10 years.I started noticing more
of it in 1994 and over the years it has progressed and my lower lip is
depigmenting more and getting the pink/redish colour of the inside of
my mouth.Here in Africa , people associate that with HIV/AIDS as it
seems that people who're in fact infected , do develop pink lips.I dont
feel free to mix with friends anymore because I'm always aware my lower
lip and the stares I get from people.There was even a rumour making the
rounds that I have HIV/AIDS because the depigmentation of my lower lip.

1)Could the depigmentation be due to the vitiligo I've always had on my
elbow?

2)Is there any link between vitiligo and HIV/AIDS?Does this mean I have
HIV/AIDS?

3)What can I do to get the pigmentation back on my lower lip?

From: Dave Sill on
"TheKernel" <WiseManFromTheEast(a)gmail.com> writes:

> 1)Could the depigmentation be due to the vitiligo I've always had on my
> elbow?

Of course. It could also be unrelated.

> 2)Is there any link between vitiligo and HIV/AIDS?Does this mean I have
> HIV/AIDS?

Both vitiligo and HIV/AIDS are autoimmune disorders, but, as far as I
know, there's no other relationship between them. The only way to tell
if you have HIV/AIDS is to be tested for it.

> 3)What can I do to get the pigmentation back on my lower lip?

There are treatments that might or might not help. A sure fix would be
cosmetic tatooing, which is permanent but would require touch-ups if
the depigmentation spreads.

Good luck, hope everything works out for you. Keep us informed.

-Dave