Does having Molluscum Contagiosum mean I'm HIV+?

Question

If one has been diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum on their inner thighs and buttocks, is this a clear indicator that they are infected with HIV?

Answer

No, MC is caused by a type of wart virus and is spread from touching the skin of another person with the virus. It is not related to HIV (a completely different virus). They can both be spread sexually. If you are concerned about HIV, rather than wonder--get tested!

Be well.