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Author Topic: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!  (Read 3332 times)

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mas99

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HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« on: June 05, 2011, 10:02:54 PM »
I am a straight male. Last year, 2010, i picked up a female prostitute. i was drunk. she gave me oral first, and then went on top of me. we had unprotected vaginal sex.

after a month i guess, i developed rashes on my torso, chest are and back. these were itchy, not raised. they were red, flat as the skin, and spread when scratched. but the rashes were not accompanied by the other symptoms of high grade fever, diarrhea for almost a week, nor swollen lymph nodes. The rashes were red marks, not bumpy nor raised, and itchy.

i saw the doctor, and she asked me what i had done recently that was quite out of the ordinary. I recalled that on the morning of the day my rashes appeared, i felt fine, no rashes, no itch. after taking a bath and choosing this black shirt that i put on, i felt quite itchy. but i left the house nevertheless. later on that day, i was disturbed by the fabric of my shirt. i kept on scratching my back and chest. when i got home that night, the rashes broke out.

i did not tell the doctor of my recent sexual behavior.

the doctor then told me that my rashes might be due to the reaction of my skin to the shirt's fabric, or to its dye, or to the fabric cleanser i used on it, and yeast might have developed on the shirt. I recall that the rashes covered only the portion of my body covered by the shirt. so i believed her then. so she gave me caladryl, and after one night of applying it, the rashes disappeared.

it has been exactly 9 months since the sexual incident i recounted. i have not experienced high grade fevers, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes. i had loose bowel movement a few days, because i am lactose intolerant, and my stomach reacts to milk, ice cream. but i didnt have any diarrhea problems as you have described, lasting for a week or so, with excruciating pain.. i have not vomited. i feel ok.

i've read in the internet that acquiring hiv through vaginal sex is pegged at 5-100000 probability rate. but also that 80% of people with hiv have developed rashes 2-4 weeks after contact. i guess the odds don't stack in my favor.

without taking the hiv test yet,

1. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT MY SITUATION regarding the rashes? WHAT IS MORE LIKELY-- THAT I HAVE HIV OR NOT?

2. Do i believe the doctor that the culprit was my itchy shirt? or Do you think there is a very high chance that i have HIV?

3. Did you have a growling stomach before you had the severe diarrhea?

4. How long until you experienced the diarrhea?


Thank you very much! Hoping for your prompt response.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 11:06:25 PM »
Go test and your results will be conclusive.

HIV rashes do not itch.

mas99

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011, 05:18:00 AM »
Thank you very much! i will get tested, definitely. but am waiting for the right time as now i am pretty much drowned in work.

Are HIV rashes raised and bumpy? mine were just "red-ening" of the skin, they were flat as the skin. someone has emailed me that his hiv rashes were like bug bites, and raised.. is this true for almost all cases?

mas99

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2011, 05:22:55 AM »
Has any hiv/aids specialist dealt with hiv acute rashes of patients before?

Is there anyone here who has been infected with hiv and has experienced rashing of the skin?

If you are any of the above, please, i'd really really appreciate it if you could shed some light on your experience, and compare a bit with mine?

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 08:48:40 AM »
Discussing details of your rash is totally pointless in terms of knowing anything accurately about your HIV status.

You have had a risk and only an HIV is going to give you the answer you want. I can tell you that HIV is a fragile virus and not easy to transmit. It is significantly more difficult to accomplish from female to male than the other way around. You had a single possible exposure. All of those factors weigh in your favor that you will likely test negative.

But you need to learn from this experience. You need to be wearing a condom everytime you have vaginal or anal intercourse. No exceptions.

Get your test done and hopefully you will test negative. Good luck.
Andy Velez

mas99

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 09:33:44 AM »
but i had a rash..

and about 90 percent of hiv patients do have rashes to mark seroconversion.. that bit of info just gives me the chills.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 04:02:36 PM »
Get tested and get your answer instead of spending a lot of time worrying. It is unlikely that you were infected from that single exposure. 
Andy Velez

mas99

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2011, 02:57:02 PM »
Thank you Andy for your prompt replies! i will be testing within this coming week.

I am hoping for the best! But will accept what comes.

But on a last note, can Ms. Ann, the moderator, give me her 2 cents on this query of mine--about my possible hiv rashes? Even 2 brief sentences would do.. thank you!

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Re: HIV Rash or Rash from CLOTHING? Please help!!
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2011, 08:30:44 AM »
Mas,

I rejected the new account you tried for. We only allow one account per person here and we take that rule very seriously. You need to look in the new email account you added to your original account and click on the activation email you will have received. It may be in your spam folder.

Also, if you read the Welcome Thread before posting like you're supposed to, you will have read the following posting guideline:

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Do NOT use Private Messages to question other members about any transmission, testing or symptom issues. These issues must be discussed in the public forum. Misuse of the PM function in this manner will result in your PM privileges being removed without warning.


As for your rash, neither the presence nor the absence of symptoms will ever tell you a single thing about your hiv status. ONLY testing at the appropriate time will.

You could have tested six months ago, so get off your butt and go test already. It's the ONLY way to accurately know your hiv status.

Don't come back with more symptoms woes. We don't deal with symptoms here. Just go test.

Ann
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