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how many strands of hiv could i have?
Jan 2, 2004

i believe i was infected with hiv about 2 years ago after having been recently diagnosed with a tcell count of 375 and a viral load of 16k - i dealt with an odd rash on my face and chest about 2 years ago and am assuming due to the fact that i was having unsafe sex with an at-risk partner at the time that this was the point of infection (plus id tested negative 2x before then) - i had unsafe anal sex 3 days ago (as top, not bottom) and as of this morning have broken out in a 2 small itchy dry spots on my stomach and lower back - this could be the result of winter weather and preexisting allergies (ive always had dry skin) - my question is if i was exposed again to the virus could these blotches be an outcome of having been exposed to a whole new strand of the virus? or could i be having a reaction to exposure of the same type of virus, assuming that this is not the result of allergies? i dont have another appointment with the doctor until the end of the month - i am currently not on any meds - thanks so much for your time

ps the work u and your colleagues do on this site is amazing! ive learned so much from thebody.com!

Response from Dr. Pierone

The rash is not related to a new strain of HIV, too short a time period. What is with the unsafe sex? If your partner is HIV negative you could transmit to him, if HIV positive you could risk superinfection in either direction.



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