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Opportunistic Infections
      #140141 - 04/15/05 06:29 AM

Would you say that a reoccuring itchy rash on the lower back/base of spine (large(ish), flat, red and very itchy) 5-6 months after possible exposure (protected vaginal sex with a sex worker) was anything to worry about? I have shown my Doctor and he prescribed a cream to rub on it which seems to have cleared it up. He was unaware of my dodgy sexual encounter. The lab results from a skin scrape were inconclusive. If he didn't mention HIV does that mean that he couldn't have thought it was anything to do with it?

Also, how long after infection with HIV would someone be open to opportunisitic skin infections like what I have mentioned?

Any advice greatly appreciated!

Many Thanks.



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Re: Opportunistic Infections new
      #140203 - 04/16/05 10:52 AM

Hey there,
How is the rash doing. It's way to early for any oi's but when in doubt have it checked out. We get rashes from many thins in our daily living. But I'd say this thought your having perhaps is a quite warning for you to use some wisdom in future. Keep in touch and let us know how your doing.

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Re: Opportunistic Infections new
      #140250 - 04/18/05 07:40 AM

The rash cleared up with the Daktacort cream the Doctor gave me and I no longer have the desire to scratch it. I can still see an outline of where the rash was but i guess that will disappear in time. Thanks for your reply River. I will be a lot more wary in future! Do you think it had nothing to do with HIV at all?

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Re: Opportunistic Infections new
      #140269 - 04/18/05 04:09 PM

Protected sex is extremely low risk. Your rash is NOT an opportunistic infection and totally non-specific. However - you sound worried - why not take a test?

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Re: Opportunistic Infections new
      #140276 - 04/19/05 05:22 AM

what does non-specific mean? (sorry if that's a dumb question)

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Re: Opportunistic Infections new
      #140593 - 04/26/05 02:32 PM

I had a strep staph and yeast infection in my feet, go figure this one out, i tested twice both times non reactive, blood and a swab test and havent had sex in three yrs next month. Go figure this one out, have been a smoker, but not over a half a pack a day for 13 yrs. figure this one out.

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