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SoHush
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Molluscum Contagiosa
      #112089 - 09/30/04 06:38 PM

Can somebody explain this to me
is it a STD or is it a definite sign of HIV infection.



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Re: Molluscum Contagiosa new
      #112093 - 09/30/04 09:04 PM

Molluscum is not a STD at all. It is a viral skin infection in the pox family. while it is true that sexual partners can transfer it from one to another, that's only because there is skin-to-skin contact (for instance, you can get the flu from a sexual partner, but its not a STD). Molluscum is often common in young children and/or can be picked up from wet towels (say at the gym). To your point, many people with HIV, in fact, have molluscom. But, that's not because its a STD. Its because people with HIV are, well, suspectable to everything (because of their suppressed immune systems).

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