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Antibodies detectable in presence of HIV rash?

Jan 17, 2014

Dear Doctor,

Are antibodies immediately detectable when a newly infected person develops a rash?

To summarize, I am male who has sex with females:

Nov 28 - Sex with condom on (woman unknown status) Dec 4- Sex with condom on (woman unknown status) Dec 10 - Sex with condom on (woman unknown status) Dec 15 - Itchy linear spaced bumps on my legs that climbed up to my knee. Other leg had a cluster of red spots which eventually became very itchy and dry as the weeks went by. I suspect flea/bed bugs, but not sure. Dec 22 to 28 - No fever. Slight Sore throat. Fatigue. Shoulder pains. Slight nausea. Jan. 4th - Standard HIV blood test (3rd gen I think) Jan. 13th - Received result which was negative

Basically, I want to see if my test result 25 days is a good marker and whether people generally have detectable antibodies when rash develops.

Thanks for your help,

Worried Well.

Response from Dr. Wohl

You had no risk for HIV infection that I can see here. You used a condom.

HIV antibodies are detected about 12 weeks after exposure that led to infection. The rash associated with acute infection could develop before 12 weeks.

In my opinion, you have another cause for this rash than HIV.


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