|Yeast Infection and Rash
Feb 26, 2001
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I am a 29 yr old female and dated a man from sept-nov during that time we had protected sex. I never performed oral sex on him, but he did perform oral sex on me. I have no reason to believe he is HIV+, nor do I have any reason to believe I am HIV+. In Oct I finished a 6 month course of minocycline for adult acne. I am also have been taking an oral contraceptive for the last two years. I just recently developed a yeast infection, which I am currently being treated for. I have never had a yeast infection in the before and in the last two weeks I developed an itchy rash on only one of my arms. The rash is red, upon scartching it becomes aggrivated and little scabs develop. In about 6 weeks after the last time I had intercourse with this man, I did develope the flu and a cold ( coughing, sneezing etc). Although in retrospect I have been sick ( unable to shed a cold-- cough, runny nose..and achy feeling) on and off since Christmas... My question for you you is: Is it common to develop a yeast infection so long after taking antibotics? Is there a possiblity that I could have contact HIV and the yeast infection and the rash are symptoms? I know I need to wait at least 6 months before being tested and I am just concern that I may have contacted the virus. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
| Response from Dr. Bartlett
Yeast infections are relatively common in women who take mincycline, and they may occur at any time. I don't think that you are very likely to acquire HIV after receiving oral sex, and after having protected vaginal intercourse. The occurence of a yeast infection and cold do not make me think that you have any higher risk of being HIV-infected. I strongly support your plan to get follow-up HIV testing.
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