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do i have it? :(

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Ann:
Guy,

No. We will not comment on your rash - other than to say that ARS rash, if it happens at all, usually happens around two weeks after infection has taken place, not months after. You need to have it looked at in person by a doctor.

Hiv is only very rarely transmitted while giving a blowjob and it is unlikely that you have been infected this way. However, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. In fact, a rash on the hands is sometimes secondary syphilis infection. And yes, syphilis is commonly transmitted orally, while hiv is RARELY transmitted orally.

Ann

jkinatl2:
ARS symptoms are quite non-specific, and this site does not as a rule comment on them, much less use them as a diagnostic tool.

An ARS rash, from what I understand, primarily occurs on the trunk, not the limbs. However, other STDs are very easily transmitted through oral sex. Syphilis is one of them, and is very widespread at the moment. One of the symptoms of primary syphilis infection can be a rash on the palms. Just food for thought.

Instead of singling out HIV, I recommend that you get a full STD panel (including an HIv test).

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