Crohn's disease versus herpes

Question

I have Chron's and have just been diagnosed with HIV ( I guess actually AIDS since my t cell count is 80). I seem to be having a flare up - my anal area is inflamed and very painful. Now I'm wondering if this could be herpes?

Answer

The only way to get an answer to your question is to see a doctor for a careful examination and possibly a culture for herpes simplex virus. With 80 T cells, you are vulnerable to severe and persistent herpes infections, so please get this evaluated as soon as possible.