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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

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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The primary HIV symptoms like fever, rash, sore throat, etc., comes together or it is possibilty to experience some and some not?

The primary HIV symptoms like fever, rash, sore throat, etc., comes together or it is possibilty to experience some and some not?

If you think you've : If you think you've been exposed, don't wait for the symptoms. Get tested. You can even buy the test at the pharmacy. Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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Could a diffuse, itchy, scarlatiniform itchy rash and pharingytis indicate primary HIV infection? I have not had intercourse, just "dry humping" with my girlfriend.

Could a diffuse, itchy, scarlatiniform itchy rash and pharingytis indicate primary HIV infection? I have not had intercourse, just "dry humping" with my girlfriend.

NOT HIV.: Nope. Absolutely not. Hiv is actually hard to get. You have to have direct fluid to fluid contact with semen or blood. Hiv does not live outside the body well if at all. From what you describe I do not see it being any std. ...Read more

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The primary HIV symptoms like sore throat, fever, headache & rash, comes together? Or their is a possibility to experience some of them and some not?

The primary HIV symptoms like sore throat, fever, headache & rash, comes together? Or their is a possibility to experience some of them and some not?

Complex: Acute HIV disease may present with a mononucleosis-like syndrome with a wide variety of symptoms, or none at all. If you suspect you may have been exposed to HIV please go and get tested. Treated early this is a manageable condition. ...Read more

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How long do HIV rashes last?

How long do HIV rashes last?

HIV: Acute HIV infection is asymptomatic in many individuals. For others however, symptoms like skin rash and flu-like symptoms can develop within 2 to 3 weeks from the time of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus or hiv. The skin rash and other acute HIV infection symptoms then disappear within a few weeks. ...Read more

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Do you rashes if you take HIV drugs?

Do you rashes if you take HIV drugs?

Yes: Particularly the family of non-nucleoside reverse transcription inhibitors, known as "non-nucs", such as efaverenz (sustiva). ...Read more

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Hiv rashes are they early symtoms or later stage symptoms?

Hiv rashes are they early symtoms or later stage symptoms?

Both and neither: There is marked variability in the symptoms of HIV. Rashes can occur at any stage and may not occur at all. If you have any doubt, get tested. God forbid, you test positive, there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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I was wondering are HIV rashes constant or do they come and go?

I was wondering are HIV rashes constant or do they come and go?

Depends on the rash: The rash associated with acute HIV (red flat rash over trunk ; sometimes face) occurs in 50% and is very transient. Kaposi sarcoma lesions tend to stick around a long time with or without treatment. Eosinophilic (allergic) dermatitis assoc w/hiv tends to stick around w/o therapy ; fungal infections do the same. There are some specific rashes to late stage HIV which also stick around a long time. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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