Jul 29, 2012
Hi drs hope to hear from u guys soon. Im 27 yrs with cd4 count of 461 n undectable vl. my question is why am i getting infections around my butt n anus if im taking my hiv meds everyday n going tp my dr three tines a week to get it check out. im in aldara n im using aldara everyday. i also using naftin hcl 1% cream. the itching n pain does not go awa. im so freak out im getting to a point that i wanna give up. please help me. i wanna live longer. am i near death.
Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
No need to freak out, you're not near death, though I can understand your concern about your rear.
Perianal infections are quite common among my patients, and sometimes take a while to clear up. From what you've posted, it's not clear what the exact cause might be. Aldara is a treatment for HPV or warts, but won't treat things like perianal fissures, abscess or herpes. If you're not getting better, be sure to communicate this to your doctor. Sometimes a referral to a colorectal specialist can be helpful in difficult to treat cases.
Be well, BY
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