Advertisement

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Can Herpes Infection Cause A Positive Hiv Test

Here's a taste of what TheBody.com has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...newlydiagnosed Women generally have a faster disease progression, and lower CD4 cell counts, than men with equivalent viral loads Women are more likely than men to develop bacterial pneumonia Women have higher rates of herpes infections than men Women get thrush (a yeast infection) in their throats more often than men Men are eight times more likely than women to develop Kaposi's sarcoma or KS (a cancer-like...
Ask the Experts

Thanks - Negative HIV results (so far) but similar symptoms

Dr Bob,I don't have a question...I just wanted to send an email thanking you for the support you regularly provide. In turn, I would like to pledge a $200 donation to your foundation in the hope that my small contribution will allow you to continue...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...decrease over a period of years.How common is genital herpes?Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of... Read more »

Herpes and infection

Dr. Bob,I wrote to you in January and have donated to your site and will donate this month as well. I want to thank you for you reply to my previous post about Seb. Derm. and all of the other post that have educated me and so many others. I wanted...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,There is no way to estimate that type of statistical risk because herpes can vary in severity from very mild to active vesicles to healing scabs, etc. The best we can offer is to say that HIV-transmission risk is increased when there is another... Read more »

Is this disease progression?

I was diagnosed with genital herpes in 1998. I use Acyclovir periodically (averaging 4 mild outbreaks annually.) I tested HIV neg. in July 03'prior to having any sexual contact with my fiance. (I had been practicing celibacy for well over a year, so...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...given your total lymphocyte count (which includes CD4, CD8 t lymphocytes, and B lymphocytes) is only 450. Reactive or chronic herpes infections can certainly lead to lower CD4 counts. You need some further information to more accurately determine... Read more »

HERPES AND HIV

Dear Doc,A friend of mine recently got a herpes outbreak on one side of her chest. It took medication and it cleared in about a week. Her doc. has indicated to her that there are chances that she may also be HIV+ve since the two more often than...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...not true that herpes and HIV go hand in hand more often than not. There is a much higher prevalence in the United States of herpes virus infections than HIV infections. HIV infected people are prone to more severe and frequent herpes outbreaks... Read more »
Articles
AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...tested, or they might have gotten the test too soon after they were exposed to HIV. Fact Sheet 102 has more information on HIV testing. What if Both People Are Already Infected? Some people who are HIV-infected don't see the need to follow... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

...be infected with an OI, and "test positive" for it, even though you don't have the disease. For example, almost everyone with HIV tests positive for Cytomegalovirus (CMV). But it is very rare for CMV disease to develop unless the CD4 cell count... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

...cover all infected areas. You can get tested to find out if you are infected with the herpes virus. Complications Genital herpes infections usually do not cause serious health problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Women and HIV

...die faster than men. But if they get tested and treated, they live as long as men. Fact Sheet 102 has more information on HIV testing. Gynecological problems can be early signs of HIV infection. Ulcers in the vagina, persistent yeast... Read more »
Connect With Others

Co-infection Herpes and HIV

Posted by tphk, 1 Reply
...protected enough, is it possible that I am also infected by HIV? I went to the hospital to get the confirmation it is herpes and a test for HIV but the results will be available only in two weeks. This happenned 12 days ago. What should I do?... Read more »

Can HIV antibodies cross react in a herpes test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi folks, I am wondering if HIV antibodies can be mistakenly be picked up by HSV-2 IgG ELISA. This may cause false positive for HSV-2. ELISA (even for HSV-2) being a more sensitive test as compared to specific has been always known to throw in false... Read more »

Can Herpes Virus affect testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Herpes, as if that wasn't bad enough I began having other symptoms. I was tested by elisa at 10 weeks and negative. Can the herpes infection cause me to show negative for HIV? Does herpes have any effect on the test result. I have heard of... Read more »

Herpes=HIV??!??!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I read that people with HIV have more Herpes outbreaks. I've never had herpes that I know of. Ever. No blisters...anywhere....ever. Im still paranoid about HIV and now I have this kinda burning/stinging sensation at the corner of my mouth. (on the... Read more »