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Does HIV cause acne with pus?

Does HIV cause acne with pus?

No: Hiv infection by itself does not cause acne. Some of the complications due to immunosuppression can lead to acne-like lesions. Also, some HIV medications can also cause acne-like lesions. Definitely discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Can the "Rash phase" in HIV seroconversion cause forehead acne without having any other rash on other parts ? Low risk + other symptoms

Can the "Rash phase" in HIV seroconversion cause forehead acne without having any other rash on other parts ? Low risk + other symptoms

Get tested: As I stated earlier, symptoms of HIV are too variable to be relied on for diagnosis. HIV does not cause acne, however, if you have any doubt, get tested. ...Read more

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Can back acne (2-3 pimples that had some pus but healed in 2 days) be a symptom of ars (hiv) ? Can hives be caused by ars (hiv)?

Can back acne (2-3 pimples that had some pus but healed in 2 days) be a symptom of ars (hiv) ? Can hives be caused by ars (hiv)?

Very doubtful: Neither of these rashes are typical of hiv. You seem extremely concerned about hiv. Maybe you should see you physician and get checked out. ...Read more

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I have acne on temples, do I have hiv?

I have acne on temples, do I have hiv?

Not likely related.: Acne of the temples is neither specific for nor likely causally related to hiv. If you are concerned that you could have HIV (sexual exposure, needle sharing, etc...), then please have an HIV test. Knowing your result will empower you to make good decisions. As for acne, treatment should be focused at the condition itself. Be well. ...Read more

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Is it acne or HIV rash?

Is it acne or HIV rash?

Who knows?: Get an HIV test and then you will know. Every sexually active person should know their status. ...Read more

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I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years. 3 weeks ago i sat in a large amount of urine. Have acne on butt. Now every symptom of hiv. Possible?

HIV is Hard to Get: First: urine is sterile. It cannot cause you a viral infection with hiv. Second: there are no instant symptoms of an HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness a few weeks into the infection but many have no symptoms at all. Nothing about your story says anything about an HIV risk. Why would you think this of all of the millions of other more common possible problems there could be? ...Read more

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Does HIV rash look like body acne?

Does HIV rash look like body acne?

See below: A patient with HIV may have a variety of skin ailments as many viral infections clearly affect HIV patients more than non HIV patients this is also true of some fungal and bacterial infections as well-so the skin may have several different types lesions. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between acne and HIV rash?

Whoa: This is serious. The rash of acute HIV infection is unlikely to feature pustules / pimples or blackheads. But this is beside the point. If you are concerned that you are hiv-positive, you won't rest or be able to focus on the other tasks of life until you get a reliable test -- if a recent exposure, a pcr. It may not be inexpensive, but it's well worth it. Get with your physician now. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acne or an HIV skin lesion area?

What is the difference between acne or an HIV skin lesion area?

Huge difference: Acne lesions are the familiar squeezable blackheads, whiteheads from which filaments can be expressed, and pimples. There are a variety of HIV skin lesions but these are less prone to appear and disappear, look distinctively different from the acne that many of your friends have, and really can't be confused with acne. Any concern you have about HIV can be discussed frankly with your physician. ...Read more

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Having scalp acne does it mean I have the possibility that I am HIV positive?

Having scalp acne does it mean I have the possibility that I am HIV positive?

No: Hiv infection does not announce itself this way. I see from one of your other questions that you are concerned despite your having wisely used protection. You have many opportunities to get tested, hopefully at no cost to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello. about 8 days before I had hard full body massage. during massage my pimples/acne bleeding. did I infected by HIV. Thank you.

Hello. about 8 days before I had hard full body massage. during massage my pimples/acne bleeding. did I infected by HIV. Thank you.

Not likely: I highly doubt that you got infected with HIV from the massage and the pimples bleeding even if the person massaging you had HIV. However, you should still get tested for HIV and STDs if you are sexually active. Everyone should! Be well. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lower back acne and HIV skin lesions?

What is the difference between lower back acne and HIV skin lesions?

Easy to tell: The familiar blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples of common acne, especially where clothing or a gym machine may rub on the lower back, are easy to distinguish from all the common hiv-related skin lesions including the brown-red, non-tender, non-suppurating lesions of kaposi's. The call should be easy, and it may be neither! ...Read more

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What is a good way to fight acne after being put on the testosterone shot for low t. Also I am HIV positive?

What is a good way to fight acne after being put on the testosterone shot for low t. Also I am HIV positive?

Several ways: Duac is a Clindamycin + benzoyl peroxide preparation i favor with my HIV testosterone replacement patients it works really well. Cutting back on the testosterone will also decrease the severity of the outbreaks. Doxycycline 50 or 100mg twice a day will or could help too. ...Read more

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Jawline bump: enlarged lymphnode or cystic zit? I hav acne&get some but afraid of hiv. 5min protected sex. Oraquik neg @5.5 - after. Its now 7wk? Neg?

Jawline bump: enlarged lymphnode or cystic zit? I hav acne&get some but afraid of hiv. 5min protected sex. Oraquik neg @5.5 - after. Its now 7wk? Neg?

Probably negative...: You are probably negative, but the only way to know is to get retested again. Most lymph nodes usually come and go if you have an infection on the face, such as cystic acne. However, if it doesn't go away after a month or so, it may be worth seeing your medical provider to determine if it is a lymph node or something else.. Based on your protected sexual contact, your HIV risk is already low. ...Read more

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I finger into a whore's vagina,then I wash my finger with water. 15 minutes later, I take away my acnes by the finger and bleeding acne. Can I get HIV

I finger into a whore's vagina,then I wash my finger with water. 15 minutes later, I take away my acnes by the finger and bleeding acne. Can I get HIV

Man up!: The risk of infection here is zero. I am concerned that you've got acne that may be bleeding at age 28. This is a very serious personal and professional liability. Start using topical benzoyl peroxide and call your physician about adding something that will clear you. You owe it to yourself to start taking better care of your body -- this will be the key to some much more satisfying loving. ...Read more

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Hi, i'd like to know if a bacne(acne and scars at back of the human body) is a HIV skin symptom? I never go to prostitute and using needle for drugs.

Hi, i'd like to know if a bacne(acne and scars at back of the human body) is a HIV skin symptom?
I never go to prostitute and using needle for drugs.

Doubtful: This is not the typical type of eruption seen in HIV disease, but if you are at all concerned about the possibility of having been infected, strongly suggest getting tested. Easy and relatively inexpensive. ...Read more

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Can HIV be transmitted from used blade if it has got blood on it and if i get a cut on my pimples and blood starts oozing out?

Can HIV be transmitted from used blade if it has got blood on it and if i get a cut on my pimples and blood starts oozing out?

Yes: If you do not have HIV and the blood on the blade is yours only then no. However if you are talking about a used blade with the blood of others then if there is HIV in that blood and it mixes into your blood than yes you could contract hiv. Its difficult to transmit and generally needs a large volume of blood semen etc but its still possible. Best not to use a used dirty blade forget about hiv. ...Read more

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Can a primary HIV rash occure as 3-4 pimples on the back, without fever or other symptoms? Thank you

Can a primary HIV rash occure as 3-4 pimples on the back, without fever or other symptoms? Thank you

Probably not: The rash with HIV tends to be red and flat or a bit raised. People have other flu like symptoms as well. Pimples are probably just pimples. If lots more emerge on only one side of the body in a strip this could be shingles. If the same cluster always comes back in the same place, this could be an unusual location for herpes simplex. ...Read more

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I had a cluster of small pimples after having sex with a female in 3 weeks on my chest could i have hiv?

I had a cluster of small pimples after having sex with a female in 3 weeks on my chest could i have hiv?

Maybe not, but...: One can see his primary care doctor to check out the rash. Getting a cluster of small pimples on the chest may be more likely due to other causes rather than a new infection from HIV. However, because one is sexually active, one can get tested for HIV at the appropriate times as will be recommended by his primary care doctor. HIV is preventable, can be tested for, plus treatment is available. ...Read more

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Hi i had protected sex before 3 weeks, from my best knowledge, the condom didn't break. I'm facing symptoms like pimples and headache (anxiety). Hiv??

Not related: Don't believe your symptoms are HIV related but you should consider getting testing for HIV if you are concerned. ...Read more

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10weeks after unprotected sex with my ex I developed tiny, itchy pimples on my back. They lasted 2/3days. Could they be a HIV symptom? Or a heat rash?

10weeks after unprotected sex with my ex I developed tiny, itchy pimples on my back. They lasted 2/3days. Could they be a HIV symptom? Or a heat rash?

Not an HIV symptom: It is not possible to diagnose the cause of your rash, without more info, and a photo of it. However, be reassured that what you described is NOT consistent with symptoms/signs of HIV, SInce you had unprotected sex with your ex, and appear to be concerned about having contracted an STI, I recommend that you go for STI screening, including HIV, and use condoms. Most counties provide free testing ...Read more

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I have noticed transparent small pimples under my tongue only. Is it serious? Hiv or std?

I have noticed transparent small pimples under my tongue only. Is it serious? Hiv or std?

Evaluation Needed: From your description there is no way to have definitive diagnosis. You need to go to the doctor to be evaluated to determine the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had sex with a woman 3WEEKS LATER I get these small pimples on chest and have a genital herpes break out with a cold. could i have hiv.

I had sex with a woman 3WEEKS LATER I get these small pimples on chest and have a genital herpes break out with a cold. could i have hiv.

Not HIV: The rash of a new HIV infection is not pimple-like, and occurs along with fever, sore throat, lymph node enlargement, etc. Three weeks is too long for onset of new herpes and HIV doesn't cause cold symptoms like stuffy nose or cough. If you remain worried, visit the Public Health STD clinic at Harborview (which I used to direct) to check out your symptoms and herpes, and maybe HIV testing. ...Read more

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I hv a submental lymph node swelling under my chin of size 1cm. Also have 3 big pimples on chin which i popped. Is this HIV or infection of pimmples?

I hv a submental lymph node swelling under my chin of size 1cm. Also have 3 big pimples on chin which i popped. Is this HIV or infection of pimmples?

Lymph node swelling: Lymph nodes are part of our body's janitorial service (process badness & drain away if possible or try to contain it in the node). Node may well be draining an infection as single swollen node speaks against HIV but a good exam is in order & testing if you have risk factors for HIV (iv drug use, sharing needles, exchanging sex for drugs, Cocaine use, unprotected sex). Have your doc take a look. ...Read more

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