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Aug 14, 2012

Hello Dr,

Would pruritic folliculitis in the groin (clustering, approximately 20 red bumps on both inner thighs next to scrotum) 4-5 months after an exposure be in any way suggestive of HIV infection? I received two negative antibody tests at 12 and 16 weeks respectively after a potential exposure and am looking for some closure, however every symptom I get that I research online can be caused by an impaired immune system or is more common in individuals with HIV/AIDS and is driving me nuts.

You have my utmost respect,

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there- While folliculitis does occur in HIV positive persons- it is a common condition that occurs in people WITHOUT HIV as well. I would be reassured based on your two negative tests at 3 and 4 months that you are indeed negative. You may need some additional treatment or care for the folliculitis if it doesn't resolve on it's on. Take care, LHW

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