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Can my tb skin test reading indicate any possibility of getting hiv? (19mm, chest x-ray 1 month prior to test showed no tb) i have in total 3 times intercourse with russian prostitutes (2 times with the same one and 1 time with a different one) and i used

3 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Many : Many people in foreign countries are exposed to tuberculosis. That's what the PPD means...Exposure and not active disease. As a general population.Prostitutes have a rather high rate of HIV disease. You should be tested for HIV nonetheless.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
No and yes: Advanced HIV makes your test negative. A positive test shows that you inhaled TB but this is not related to hiv. Check with your doc about TB protection, like all patients with a positive TB test. Ask for HIV test but do not worry.
Dr. Bachar Al-Alami
ADHD and Autism 36 years experience
The risk of active TB disease increases after HIV seroconversion, doubling within the first year of infection., prevention of active TB disease is a high priority in HIV care
Sep 27, 2013
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
HIV: If you have potential exposure to HIV you should go and get tested asap, as well as for other stds. A positive PPD means that you have inactive tuberculosis (unless you are having symptoms) and in and by itself has nothing to do with hiv. If you have hiv/aids and a positive PPD you are more likely to reactivate tuberculosis. Go and get seen. Good luck.

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