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Author Topic: Rash/Shingles?  (Read 4676 times)

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Offline rugb909

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« on: February 21, 2008, 05:22:18 PM »
Hello, I'm a 24 year old male,  in relative good health, and had past experiences with other gay/bi men, but I have NEVER had unprotected anal sex but in most of my encounters unprotected oral sex occurred (both ways), but about 2 days ago it seems that I have gotten a multiple pimple-like rash near my rib cage. Doing a google search, I really think they're are shingles -- however, the rash does not hurt, just mild discomfort. I know symptoms are in no way of diagnosing HIV but this got really worried.   :'(

I read that young people who have shingles have an immune suppressed condition such as HIV.

Is shingles a sign of seroconversion? or ARS symptoms? or mostly advance HIV?

Thank you for your time.


Offline BT65

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Re: Rash/Shingles?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 07:16:34 PM »
Rug, if you've always used protection correctly when having sex, you do not have HIV.

We can't diagnose over the internet about your rash.  However, shingles are extremely painful.  I would urge you to see your doctor.
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Offline rugb909

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Re: Rash/Shingles?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 08:14:56 PM »
Rug, if you've always used protection correctly when having sex, you do not have HIV.

We can't diagnose over the internet about your rash.  However, shingles are extremely painful.  I would urge you to see your doctor.

Do shingles always hurt? My rash doesn't hurt at all... it just itches a little.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Rash/Shingles?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008, 09:48:49 PM »
Yes, shingles always hurt. If you don't have shingles you can get a vaccination for shingles. Consult with your doctor. It's not FDA approved for those under 60 but some doctors have been giving it to younger patients. The vaccine is called Zostavax.

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Re: Rash/Shingles?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008, 10:13:35 PM »
Nothing you are reporting either in the way of your activities nor your symptoms suggests to me that HIV is an issue here.

Shingles are absolutely NOT an HIV specific occurence.

I don't see any need for HIV testing. What we do recommend for anyone who is sexually active is to regularly have a full STD panel done -- at least annually. There are other STDs out there which are much easier to acquire than HIV.

But I don't see yours as an HIV situation. 
Andy Velez


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