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HIV and Antibiotics
Feb 26, 2009

I found out three days ago from a quick test that I was HIV positive A couple days later I had to go to the doctor for what I thought was an insect bite on my earlobe. It was explained that I had an infection in my earlobe. Will the antibiotics prescribed work. I have not yet found out how far along the HIV has come along. I have to find out in a couple weeks. Should I take the antibiotics for the infection I have.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

I'm sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. Many insect bites don't require antibiotic treatments, unless secondarily infected. Be aware, that it's not uncommon for skin and soft tissue infections caused by Staph can be misdiagnosed (by patient and doctor) as spider bites.

So, yes, prescribed antibiotics should work well- certainly let your doctor know if this is not the case.

Please feel free to write back with any questions- there are usually many in the first days and weeks of one's HIV diagnosis.

Be well, BY

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