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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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User :   Hi My question is regarding hiv transmission. 6 weeks ago I had intercourse with a prostitute. I used condom. But what I did is I shaved the area near penis before intercourse. and 2 week after I got cold and cough. 4 weeks later my skin started itching very much specailly chest area and neck. there is no rash as such but small pimples. I have tested after 2 weeks elisa test. it came negative. but still i am scared. I am waiting for conclusive test after 3 months. whhat are the chances of my infection with hiv. i had no other symptoms such as fever and all. please suggest
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :  
Let me read it so that I can give you better answers
User :   yep thanks
Doctor :  
Let me ask you few more questions
Doctor :  
What is your age?
Doctor :   Did you encounter with prostitute apart from the one 6 weeks ago?
User :   28
User :   2 years back
Doctor :   Did the condome break?
User :   no
Doctor :  
Can you say more about the rash on chest and neck?
User :   like
Doctor :  
Does it have vesicle like with fluid, pain, redness and intense iching?
User :   no fluid
User :   redness when i scratch
User :   yes itching to some extent
Doctor :  
Did you ever had rash like this before?
User :   no
User :   its not a rash actually
User :   u know u get very small pimples when u shiver
User :   that kind
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :  
I got you
User :   its not have maskuline
Doctor :  
With the information you gave, there is nothing to panic
User :   i live new york
User :   its intesnce cold now a days
Doctor :  
and the HIV transmission might not have taken place
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   so i got flue like 2 weeks after
User :   evryone got that in my apt
Doctor :  
Yeah , it could be a viral infection
User :   but since i started reading abt rahses
User :   its iching at neck
Doctor :  
so stay indoors, rest, drink plenty of fluids
User :   at evening time
User :   aslo
User :   there are bedbugs in my huse
User :   house*
Doctor :  
It is a coincidence and may not be related to HIV
User :   yeah
User :   but I have to take the test right
Doctor :   The ELISA for HIV antibodies are taken at 1 month, 3 months and after 6 months of the exposure
User :   ok
User :   wht kind of rash is a hiv rash
Doctor :   There is no charecteristic feature of HIV rash
Doctor :  
It can be of any kind
Doctor :  
especially in case of associated other infection
User :   ohh
User :   does it come all over the body
Doctor :  
So the charecteristic rash will be of other infection
User :   ok
User :   does the swollen lymph node a necessary symptom
Doctor :  
They may prove to be a necessary symptoms
Doctor :  
in certain illness
Doctor :  
and in any infection or illness, the lymph node enlarge
User :   god knows...i have done phd on reading symptoms
User :   even a small pimple look like a big rash
User :   touching all over
Doctor :  
If you read them on the internet, you may get panic
Doctor :  
because of all the conditions they give
User :   yes
User :   i do
Doctor :  
for each symptoms
Doctor :  
So do not try to read about the symptoms on the net
Doctor :  
Read about disease if you are diagnosed with one
User :   hmm
User :   ok
Doctor :  
See the Doc for diagnosis and then read about it on the internet
Doctor :  
The symptom search provided by various websites
Doctor :  
are too complicated and confusing for common man
Doctor :  
should not be tried by them at all
User :   ohokay
Doctor :  
I get a number of patients on chat who try to read info on the net and get paniked
Doctor :  
and when I reassure them they feel very happy
User :   yeah
User :   sometimes get frustrated
Doctor :  
If there is really important warning symptoms or signs we warn you to see a Doctor nearby
User :   wht is a the main symptom for hiv
User :   positive
Doctor :  
Prolonged fever, cough, weight loss, tiredness
User :   weight loss is intial symptom?
Doctor :  
may not
User :   how much more minutes are left
Doctor :   Where?
User :   to talk with u
User :   from half an hour
Doctor :  
Do not bother about it, you can continue ask about the questions and I shall answer you
Doctor :  
I guess you still have 5 minutes
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Do you have any more questions?
User :   does anxiety create a rash
User :   just couple
Doctor :  
Anxiety is a stressful situation
Doctor :  
and during stress, the immunity falls down
Doctor :  
and the body is subjected to all the physical symptoms be it in the form of pain, rash, tiredness
Doctor :  
etc
User :   ok
User :   i get dry throat when i get up early morning
Doctor :   Drink plenty of fluids at around 2 litres per day
Doctor :  
and have two glasses of luke warm water after you get up in the morning

Doctor :  
This will detoxify you
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