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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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 there be only 1 symptom after 3 weeks hiv exposure? I have some pimple non patchy like rash on neck and chest

Can there be only 1 symptom after 3 weeks hiv exposure? I have some pimple non patchy like rash on neck and chest

May be: There is no consistency to symptoms of HIV. None of the tests is 100% at three weeks. In about 12 weeks, you should get a test of HIV nucleic acids, if negative, it will essentially rule out HIV infection. ...Read more

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Hi. 30 male. Have non itchy pimple-like rash on chest and upper back. Around 30 of them. Almost 1 year. New ones do appear. Anti-hiv test was negative?

Hi. 30 male. Have non itchy pimple-like rash on chest and upper back. Around 30 of them. Almost 1 year. New ones do appear. Anti-hiv test was negative?

Rash: The causes of your rash can be multiple. If sexually transmitted diseases is a concern, syphilis would be the first to rule out. Otherwise, a picture may assist in establishing the diagnosis or better off seeing a specialist in skin disorders. ...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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2 red spots, 1 on each fore arm, not itchy, painless, clears when the skin is pulled/stretched, not pimple like, dry, flat, slightly raised, HIV rash?

2 red spots, 1 on each fore arm, not itchy, painless, clears when the skin is pulled/stretched, not pimple like, dry, flat, slightly raised, HIV rash?

Red Spots: Heat, fungus, parasites, bacteria and virus can cause red blotches to appear on your arm. Rosacea, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema and shingles can cause large red patches of skin to appear and become itchy and uncomfortable, hives, cellulitis and insect bites can create red splotches of skin that become irritated. See your doctor for a diagnosis. ...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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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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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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How can I tell the difference between acne and HIV rash?

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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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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Please help! I have this weird rash that look like little pimples, and don't itch?

See your doctor: You need a diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor will exam the rash and if necessary get a biopsy, and start treatment. ...Read more

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I have a red rash that covers most of my body some spots look like pimples and other spots look like welpes. I did drink a lot rum last nite?

I have a red rash that covers most of my body some spots look like pimples and other spots look like welpes. I did drink a lot rum last nite?

Rash: You should first review if you are taking any new medications or over the counter supplements. If so then take this information and be seen by a dermatologist for a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Fell off scooter 2months ago, got road rash on my shoulder- as it healed it got severely sunburned and now has bumps on it that look like whiteheads?

Fell off scooter 2months ago, got road rash on my shoulder- as it healed it got severely sunburned and now has bumps on it that look like whiteheads?

Milia: Milia are small cysts than can be caused by skin abrasions. Milia can also be caused by heavy skin care products and by prolonged exposure to the sun. Milia may also be caused by a facial burn or a blistering disease called porphyria cutanea tarda, or by a genetic condition that causes skin to become somewhat thickened. ...Read more

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I have a rash its beat red with things that look like pimples there's puss like substance with a bad odor under my entire right armpit what could it be?

I have a rash its beat red with things that look like pimples there's puss like substance with a bad odor under my entire right armpit what could it be?

Infection: It can be an infection of the sweat glands, it is time to see your doctor about it and they can help and see if you need to see a dermatologist if this is a recurring problem. ...Read more

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I think I got a heat rash on my neck from the heat a few days ago. The bumps are either red or look like whiteheads and are super itchy What can I do?

I think I got a heat rash on my neck from the heat a few days ago. The bumps are either red or look like whiteheads and are super itchy What can I do?

Heat Rash: A heat rash is usually red and non itchy. It often resolves with a cool compress and getting out of the heat. The fact that the rash is persisting and contains whit bumps suggests you were in contact with something you may be sensitive to. Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and a mild hydrocortisone cream topically to see if this helps. Follow up with your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a rash that start off as a small pimple and evolves to look like a burn mark. It's on my legs, waist, arms (severe) and neck. What can this be?

Exanthems (= rashes): Such as yours are often impossible to diagnose with out the MD having the advantage of " laying eyes on it." Photos of good resolution can help but won't supplant good clinical evaluation. There are so many possibilities it wouldn't help anything to try to narrow down with such little information. On the other hand, a good dermatologist usually can nail it in a few minutes in person. ...Read more

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Rash on belly and chest has spread to top thigh and under arm. Spread wide apart and itches. Doesn't look like a pimple and not flakey have had 1 week?

Rash on belly and chest has spread to top thigh and under arm. Spread wide apart and itches. Doesn't look like a pimple and not flakey have had 1 week?

See a doctor.: It is hard to diagnose a rash without seeing it. You should see a doctor who can determine the diagnosis and then prescribe the proper treatment. This could be hives, a contact rash, a bacterial infection or from a virus, among other possibilities. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more