A 30-year-old male asked:
i m infected with herpes type 2 which i got due to "auto-inoculation" . i never had any physical relationship. is it possible that i m hiv infected?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Dermatology 27 years experience
Possible, unlikely: Herpes is a viral infection that rests in the dorsal root ganglion of the spine. Hiv is a viral infection that courses through t cells (a type of white blood cell in the blood stream). Although it is more likely that a person with herpes will get HIV through contact it is necessarily the case. Additionally, the same way a ford will never be a lamborghini, herpes will never become hiv.
Last updated Jun 10, 2014
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