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Is Itchy Rash An Acute Symptom Of AIDS

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Acute HIV Infection

What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acute HIV infection" or "primary HIV...
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please describe Acute Retrovirus Seroconversion rash that you have seen.

Dr. Bob,Hello good man. Gay male, neg, awaiting hopefully another 45 days for a 90 day woohoo after getting the mild assurance of a 25 day woo hoo after "low risk" one night unproteceted oral and topping non insertive anal frottage with...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Can I please describe "everything (I) know" about the rash caused by ARS? Yes, I can, but no I will not. It would take pages and pages and I do not feel it is a valid use of my time nor would it be particularly fascinating or useful... Read more »

Multiple low risks but very clear acute HIV symptoms

7 weeks ago, I had an exposure that includes multiple risks; vaginal protected sex, unprotected oral sex, I received 2 love bites which left marks on my neck and shoulder for a couple of days, and I suspect that the girl whom I had sex with used my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.Vaginal protected sex would be considered "protected," assuming the latex condom was used properly and didn't fail (break). Unprotected oral sex carries only a very low risk for HIV transmission/acquisition. "Love... Read more »

Acute phase rash

Does the rash found in the acute phase of HIV infection go away in 3-4 days or does it generally last longer than that? Is it rare for rash to be the only symptom? Thanks for your time....
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
The rash associated with the "acute phase" of HIV, or primary HIV infection can last for hours to days. My experience is that it is rarely more than a week. Most people with primary infection have more than a rash but the symptoms during... Read more »

Painful/itchy rash on anus with low CD4 count

I was just diagnosed with HIV three weeks ago, I had to go to the hospital for CPD. At the hospital they informed me that my Cd4 was 28. They told me it was very low and the doctor wanted me to get started on my anti-viral meds after I had a couple...
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
It is hard to determine what the rash may be. Given that your CD4 count is 28, it certainly could be HIV related. Having a CD4 count of 28 means you have an AIDS diagnosis (any CD4 count < 200 means you have AIDS) and are at risk for serious... Read more »
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For those nervous about Acute HIV symptoms/afraid to get tested

Posted by thestranger, 1 Reply
Hi guys,
just wanted to share my story for those who are afraid they have gotten HIV or who think they might be experiencing ARS. A couple months back, I had an protected encounter with a woman of unknown HIV status, and three weeks after the... Read more »

Duration of Acute HIV symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello: Generally, if I had a sore throat 3 weeks ago and now my nodes are slightly swollen in my neck and armpits, but never any rash or fever or oral signs, what is the risk of my having acute HIV infection? (Oral sex, no ejaculation, protected... Read more »

Rash

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is the acute HIV rash supposed to be itchy and hive-like? Also, does anyone know if it should react to antihistamines like Allegra? Thanks! Read more »

Rash Question

Posted by eh3572, 2 Replies
Can someone tell me what the rash for acute hiv looks like and also if it itches. I have this weird itchy red rash 8 days after exposure and it moved from my arms to hands and feet. I am worried sick. Thanks

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