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What causes itching in testicles? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 24-Apr-2014
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User:Hi Doctor
Doctor:How van I help?
User:i had sex with a sex worker 3 months back, after intercourse i checked the condom and there was no tear
User:the problem arised when the sex worker indulged in oral sex with me and gave me a blow job for a few mins without a condom
User:2 months after th exposure my wife started feeling itchy in her vagina she applied cream and it went after a fw days
User:i too felt a bit itchy near my testicles on an off
User:now after 3 months both of us have developed a dry cough my wofes cough went after a week but mine is still there and its been ten days now
User:are these signs of being hiv
Doctor:These do not seem like signs of HIV
Doctor:In HIV the symptoms are initially flu like
Doctor:Then there is a period of no symptoms
Doctor:Then there are symptoms due to opportunistic infections, etc
User:what is opportunistic infections
Doctor:Opportunistic infections happen in the background of low immunity
Doctor:So the natural history of disease is not being followed
User:i have been stressing since we both had the itching and cough simultaneously
User:and it says online this happens in 3 months
Doctor:Opportunistic infections include candida, toxoplasma etc
Doctor:Well if you want to be sure you can go for tests for HIV
Doctor:The itching is usually caused by candida
User:i am in the middle east if i go for a test and if i am positive they deport us
User:hence i am scared and tensed and i am chatting with u to understand am i in risk to be hiv positive
Doctor:You can wait til you go back to your country and able to do the test
Doctor:Candida is only sometimes caused in the background of low immunity
User:doctor i have not been getting sleep and i have been stressing a lot
User:can u help in telling me based on my history if i am at risk
User:is there a possibilty i could be hiv positive, since i was given oral sex with no protection
Doctor:No you are not at risk
Doctor:You have protected intercourse
Doctor:You had oral sex with no protection
Doctor:This does put you at slight risk, though very less
Doctor:If you can order HIV test kits and check it at home
User:i was given oral sex by the lady for few mins
Doctor:In fact the tests may be false negative upto 6 months of exposure
User:but online it says it should be done aftre 3 months window period
Doctor:DNA-PCR will be able to better diagnose it
Doctor:Another method is to check with the worker if she is HIV posiive
User:very difficult i met her in bangkok
User:i a now in the middle east
User:can you advise by when does the symptons show on a patient
Doctor:Mostly after 2 years of exposure
User:so my current sgns of cough itchyness are not hiv signs
Doctor:From your history it does not seem like HIV symptoms
Doctor:There are other more common causes of itchiness and cough
User:i have had diarrhea occassionaly like ofr 2 days is this somethingto worry about
Doctor:It may mean that you are drinking contaminated water
User:pls correct me if im wrong it says online that oral sex with no protection is very very low risk is that correct
Doctor:Yes it is correct
Doctor:Very low risk of contracting HIV
User:in india do they have rapid hiv tests like you can get a result in an hour or two
User:if yes how reliable are they
Doctor:Yes we have rapid hiv tests
Doctor:They may be reliable from 95 to 99 %
User:so what is 100% relaible
Doctor:We routinely perform these rapid tests before surgery
Doctor:is near 100 %
User:how long does this test take
Doctor:Which one?
Doctor:It depends on the lab
Doctor:They mostly check for DNA particles in blood
User:is it one day or one week etc
Doctor:Around one day
Doctor:I dont think you should panic
User:i am really stressed for me and my wife
Doctor:First try drinking cleaner water
User:i know i did commit a huge sn
Doctor:and see if the condition clears up
Doctor:It seems more like candida than HIV
User:wht is candida
Doctor:Yes some guilty feeling will prevent you to do it in future
Doctor:It is a fungal infection
User:is it curable
Doctor:Now it does not mean that you go for antifungal treatment
Doctor:It is reducible
Doctor:By lifestyle measures
Doctor:One is to drink pure water
User:is it life threatening
Doctor:It is a very common infection
User:is it an STD
Doctor:Many people getting affected from it
Doctor:Mostly due to streess or antibiotic use
Doctor:It is not sexually transmitted but commonly happens in sexual partners
User:i am highly stressed no doubt on that, i got a few rashes on my chest yesterday
Doctor:Try some breathing techniques like pranayam for it
User:again is that something to worry about they dont itch at all but i noticed it on my chest yesterday
Doctor:Rash I would need to see photos to diagnose
User:i just sent u
Doctor:But you can describe it
Doctor:Where did you sent it
Doctor:To customer care team?
User:it on my right side says upload reports
User:i just did so
User:did u get it
Doctor:No I did not
User:how do i send it to u
Doctor:Can you send it by email a
User:will u receive it right away
Doctor:It seems that you have moved out of chat
Doctor:It received your photos
Doctor:from your dashboard
Doctor:It seems lika folliculitis
User:did u get it
Doctor:more in line withj fungal infection
User:i sent u three pics
User:did u get all
Doctor:I got two
Doctor:One is not clear
Doctor:the second is clear
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:Bye for now
User:i was sending the pics to u
User:by email
User:thats why i took time
User:i just sent all the pics to you on the emil you gave me
User:and i addressed it to you
Doctor:It is ok
User:i have sent u abt 5 pics
User:pls check and advise
Doctor:It does take 2 - 3 min
Doctor:I will let you know when I get it]
User:ok so based on my history and symptons how much of a risk am i for hiv
User:as i am really stressing abt me n my wife
Doctor:Firstly the status of worker is unknown
Doctor:That makes the chance to be less than 3%
User:3% only coz of my unprotected oral sex correct
Doctor:If the status was known we would have been more sure
User:if we consider the worker has hiv what are the chances 3% or more
Doctor:If the worker says that is HIV positive then chances can shoot up
Doctor:Still during oral sex the chances of transmission are low
User:she has to be bleeding right
User:in her mouth for this to happen
Doctor:If she says that she is HIV negative, then the chances are near zero
User:i wouldnt know her status
Doctor:Its ok]
User:when u say fu like sympton when does this occur
User:in the first month second etc
Doctor:Still your history does not match with HIV
Doctor:Yes in the first month
User:and how long does this flu last in the firt month
User:and when u say flu do u mean cold, cough, sore throat, fever, which of these
Doctor:All of these
Doctor:Flu usually has bad symptoms
User:bad symptons like
Doctor:High fever, sorethroat, cough etc
User:based on my history do i need to do a test or am i fine
Doctor:You seem to be fine
User:thank you is there anything particular i need to look out for
Doctor:You may do test just to clear your doubt
User:as a sympton
User:in d near future
Doctor:Our customer care team has gooten the reports
Doctor:they are sending it to me
User:would that take long
Doctor:I got the reports
Doctor:give me a minute
Doctor:I have seen the reoprt
Doctor:These seem like folliculitis
User:what is that
Doctor:but to be sure a biospy may be done if it does not fade away
Doctor:An infection of hair follicles
User:is it related to hiv
Doctor:It is isolated finding
User:fine thank u doc
Doctor:Does the rasj iotch?
Doctor:rash itch?
User:only some times but very rarely
User:like today maybe just once
User:for example for the last 3 hours i dont think so it did itch even once
Doctor:For how long has it been there?
User:is that fine or something to worry about
User:maybe 2 days
User:i saw it yesterday
User:to be on the safer side i would say 3- 4 days but i noticed it yesterday
User:is it something to worry about doc
Doctor:Well if it goes away then good
Doctor:Otherwise you may get investigated
Doctor:After 3 months it does not seem to be STD
Doctor:But still be on the safe side
User:does it seem like hiv rashes?
Doctor:Such rash in HIV may appear but after long period of exposure
Doctor:Yours is oon for HHIV and late for STD
Doctor:So mostly it is not related to any7
User:ok thank god
Doctor:I would worry if it does go away
Doctor:if it does not go away
User:for how many days i should observe it and see
Doctor:For 10 days
User:thank u doc
User:so in short based on r chat and history what would u summarise
Doctor:Do you have any doubt here?
Doctor:I would say that you may get tested whenever you get the opportunity
Doctor:Watch for any weird symptoms that may show up
Doctor:Otherwise live your life
User:weird sympton like
User:rashes flu etc
Doctor:Nothing much to be worried about
Doctor:Well anything out of the blue that is not clearing up
User:ok thank u doc
Doctor:Any infection
User:i have 30 seconds left
User:thank u for your time
Doctor:So take care in future
User:much appreciated
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
Doctor:Have a nice time
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