|hiv symptoms - rash upper arms
Mar 21, 2002
I had an unprotected sexual encounter 1 week 4 days ago. Since then I have been totally paranoid about hiv and have been scanning the web for symptoms. I am normally a very anxious person and this has made me feel completely sick with fear. 1 week 1 days since the encounter I developed a rash on both of my upper arms and part of my back.. Its an area where i often have pimply spots but there is definately much more of them now. Small spots against a redish background although the redness has now started to clear. (1 week 4 days since the contact) I have read that rashes are the first signs of infection so need to know what to do...e.g when to test. Would there normally be other symptoms assoociated with the rash. I know there is no set answer to all this stuff..but would you expect the rash to appear so quickly after possible contact?
| Response from Dr. Henry
The rash you described would be very unlikely to be due to HIV infection. Since for many persons stress over the issue can be high, I would suggest talking to someone about an HIV test in 6 weeks--the odds are very good that it will be negative and that would be a relief. KH
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