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Pimply like Rash on lower back $40 donation

Nov 12, 2005

Dr. Frascino,

Basically I had unprotected hetero sex. No fevers, no chills; at week two developed a lymph node behind and one under my ear. Ive had these before due to cheap earrings, but still wore them every now and then. At week three developed small lymph node in the groin area, that swelled up because I was playing with it. Then at week five I noticed a rash on my lower back, which doesnt itch, and looks like pimples. I cant tell if it is red or anything because Im African American (a dark one at that). Dont know when it showed up but it has been here now for two weeks. I also have had loose stools about once a week. Im taking a PCR test; just wanted to know your expert opinion.

P.S. Some rappers can dress. Donated $40

Response from Dr. Frascino


My opinions are:

1. Unprotected sex hetero, homo, Republican, whatever places you at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently, HIV screening would be warranted, whether or not you had/have symptoms.

2. I don't recommend PCR testing for routine HIV screening, due to the incidence of false positive tests and the costs. I recommend ELISA testing at three months with a confirmatory Western Blot if the ELISA is positive.

3. Your "symptoms" are not worrisome for HIV ARS.

4. "Most" rappers don't know how to dress. (And many aren't too good at singing either.) But then again, that's only my opinion, O.K.?

Thanks for your donation! My personalized thank-you letter should be on its way to you.

Good luck!

Dr. Bob

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