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Chest Cold Could I Have HIV

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The infection stays dormant in nerve cells. This is called "latency." However, it can become active again with no warning. Herpes can be active without symptoms or visible signs....
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hiv positive w/ herpes in chest

Last May I started having problems eating. I would get horrible chest pains. It got to the point where I couldn't even drink water. I was put in the hospital and then they found out that I have herpes in my chest. It's not in my mouth or...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
It sounds like you have had herpes in your esophagus, the swallowing tube that runs through your chest to your stomach. It is not common, but not rare, to have it show up only in the esophagus, and I know that it is very painful and debilitating. As... Read more »

Irritation on throat and chest

Hi i had a serve cold and after taking anti biotics it went away. It left me with an irritation on my throat and chest. Please advice on what to do. I am on truvada and stocrin....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
You should discuss with your HIV provider to assess whether your continued throat/chest complaints would be expected after a treated bad cold or could there be a persistent more serious problem that warrants further evaluation (knowing your past... Read more »

Any OI similar to cold?

Hello, can you tell me if there are any opportunistic infections whose symptoms are similar to a typical head/chest cold? After just a week on meds (CD4 below 50, viral load over a million), I'm feeling much better in terms of energy and...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
There is no AIDS-associated OI that has symptoms identical to a common cold. HIV+ people do tend to have colds and other upper respiratory infections more often than HIV-s.... Read more »

Dr Bob's Divine Sentence - "We could stop HIV cold in its tracks!"

Dear Dr Bob, I just write to express my heartfelt "thank you" for your definitive (and kind) answer to my question, "What exactly is mycoplasma?" dated Feb 3, 2010. Your answer addressed my irrational fears, and also I hope, of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Worried Devotee,Many thanks for your very kind comments! They are warmly appreciated! Be well!Dr. BobWhat exactly is mycoplasma? Feb 3, 2010Dear Dr Bob, I was one who asked you the questions titled "Insertive Oralisterine Sex, Dry... Read more »
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constant cold

Posted by sadface, 1 Reply
Hi friends...
I have had a chest cold with a barky cough for almost 3 weeks now, I am miserable. It scares me that my immune system can't seem to fight this off. The cough is so loud...
I think I am going to finally go for my 8 month conclusive since... Read more »

Recurrent bronchitis and rashes and colds

Posted by rustychaucer5968
I just had bronchitis like three weeks ago and I was prescribed antibiotics. It began to go away, but I got the cold again! And more Post nasal drip, plus, I was smoking cigarettes. Now my chest and back are hurting again! I still have the cold... Read more »

a tenacious cold?

Posted by pozartistsd, 2 Replies
Hi all... I just caught some kind of bug from one of my family members when i was visiting. I had a flu shot but still got some kind of flu/cold like illness, more like a cold actually. I was worried for about a week since i only have around 300... Read more »

Cold sores /hiv infection

Posted by bug, 2 Replies
Hello,
I recently had sex with a prostitute and was so drunk(and stupid) i couldn't think of any possible dangers.
The prostitute had several cold sores on her body. We had unprotected oral sex (lasted less than a minute) and 2 times protected vaginal... Read more »