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Hi doctor,i have itching back with small red pimples and also itching in the eye which last for nearly 3 weeks. is it hiv? i had unprotected sex before 5 weeks. i go to gym and sweat a lot normally. is itching on back is because of acnes? is itching on ey

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Sweating: The eye and supporting tissues are an area of poor immunologic protection, but itching and pimples are less likely to be a sign of HIV, and more a sign of local mucosal irritation or allergy than anything else. If your concerns are worrisome get aN STD screen and a 4th generation HIV screen to be sure that you are not HIV positive or at risk of STD infection. Have your GP examine your face as well
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
See allergist: These are not the typical presentation for HIV. Acne also does not itch. May try topical hydrocortisone cream for a few days but if the problem worsens or persist, consider seeing an allergist

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