Tiny red spots
Sep 6, 2002
Dear Sir, Six weeks ago,my condom split while having intercourse with a girl,although i did not ejaculate,i have noticed small spots appearing on my chest and on my back,they are a redish colour,also when i go to the toilet for a number2,my stools look very soft in appearance,does this indicate i may be infected with h.i.v
Response from Mr. Kull
Trying to determine your HIV status based on symptoms you are experiencing is unwise, anxiety provoking, and unreliable. Recent HIV infection (acute HIV infection, acute retroviral syndrome) should only be considered if ALL of the following are true:
1) You had unprotected vaginal or anal sex (inserting or receiving a penis without a condom) within the past three months.
2) Your partner was known to be HIV infected, or is a person who is in a "high-risk" category (a man who has sex with men, an injection drug user, or a person who has sexual contact with others in an area of high HIV incidence or prevalence, like sub-Saharan Africa).
3) Your symptoms are indicative of acute HIV infection (febrile illness, sometimes compared to flu or mono). The specific symptoms can vary from person to person, but acute infection most often manifests in this "flu-like" manner.
You should consult with a medical professional about symptoms you are experiencing, regardless of what you think the cause is.
While the odds of transmission to you in this one exposure are small, get tested three or more months after the exposure if you are concerned about your HIV status.
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