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Face Rash
      #61215 - 03/21/03 10:40 PM

Hi All,
I really need to know something. I had sexual intercourse with a sex work in Asia. She used a condom when we had sex - unfortunately I don't know if it was latex? Sex workers usually have latex condoms right? How common is it to use a natural lamb condom in Asia? Ok, anyways after returning from Asia I suffered a sore throat and diahrea - about 8 weeks after the exposure I took an antibody test. It came out negative - Here is another question - if you produce symptoms to ARS will you have antibodies present. Now, after the test, about four weeks (I am coming 12 weeks now) I started getting a rash on my cheek... sort of in a line and diffused. Is this a symptom of ARS and does the rash accompany a fever? Or can it come by itself?

Please, someone help me with this.

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      #61226 - 03/22/03 02:47 AM

Your chances of becoming infected are extremely small. Sex workers in Asia usually use latex condoms, and even if it was not a latex condom it would have provided some degree of protection. Also the chances of you becoming infected from one act of unprotected/semiprotected is very small. YOur 8 week antibody test makes your chances of being infected pretty remote. In fact, cases of people becoming infected after a negative antibody test after 8 weeks are very very rare. And about your symptoms, if they were truly systems of ARS then your test would have come back positive. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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      #61377 - 03/23/03 04:23 PM

Rash should come first...usually breaking out at week 2 (if any) mostly on trunk. High fever may follow. Therefore, your rash on CHEEK at WEEK 12, is nothing to do with ARS.

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