Apr 23, 2009
Greetings, I'm 30yrs old, been HIV+ for 5yrs. For the past 2 months I have been experiencing rectal bleeding on a daily basis. It only happens when I have a bowel movement. No discharge, no pain, no discomfort, no hemorrhoids, no anal fissures. Went to see a colon specialist, treated it with suppositories, no results. Had a colonoscopy, doctor found some swelling. He sent it to the lab and biopsies came back with no strange infections, no ulcerative colitis, no Crohn's disease. My doctor does not know what is causing the bleeding. He suggested I wait 3 months to see if the bleeding goes away on it's own. I do have anal sex, but always with protection, I do not use any type of anal "toys", I do not use enemas. HELP!
Response from Dr. McGowan
Thanks for your post.
Of course things like hemorrhoids would be very likely, but if that has not been found I would think of an infection that is becoming more common these days: LGV (Lymphogranuloma venereum).
It is an STD caused by chlamydia, can cause chronic proctitis and can often mimic Crohn's disease since it can persist. Bleeding and mucousy discharge are common. It can be treated with a course (or sometimes 2) of antibiotics. You should ask your doctor to screen for it.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Piercing And HIV Transmission Risk
- Are Shingles A Symptom Of AIDS?
- Do People Get HIV From Sex With A Prostitute?
- Burning Penis After Sex With Stripper Condom Broke Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Red Spots After Rubbing Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Red Spots After Giving Oral Sex What Are The Chances Of HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.