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PLEASE ADVISE... hiv??????


Around 14 weeks ago I had oral and vaginal sex with an escort in UK. I went to my GUM clinic on the 12th day for a sexual health screening. I tested negative for bacterial infections (clamidya and gonnoreha). I saw a few spots developing on my right arm then.

A few days later the spots spread. I went to my GP she said it was folliculitis. Before going to the doctor I researched a lot about spots coming about after sex and saw a lot about HIV rash. I was very paranoid. I HAVE NEVER HAD FOLLICULITIS BEFORE THIS. She told me "I wouldn't worry". The folliculitis took near 9 weeks to somewhat die down (but not completely go). Now nearly at week 14 pot exposure it's coming back/ come back. It has recurred a few times since exposure. I have read that persistence staphylococci or pityrosporum folliculitis is indicative of infection.

I am very paranoid because of the timing of the folliculitis. Surely co-incidence can't be that true. I am 19 years old and I feel that I might have ruined the rest of my life. Not to mention all the other symptoms I have since had; fever, stomach abnormalities (when I push my stomach in and out it makes a sloshing sound).

I have for HIV tested negative at 30 days , on the 56th day and on the 84th day (83 days post exposure). The clinic said its a 4th gen test / duo, but conflicting info from the Internet, clinic and sexual health charities has fuelled even more anxiety. The health worker said my most recent on the 84th day test was conclusive but my folliculitis is still worrying me.

Is folliculitis related to HIV infection, and especially repeated folliculitis ? Are my tests conclusive ?

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You can rest easy and trust these tests. Dr Webberley


Thanks for your reply doctor. What about the persistent folliculitis ? And is testing on the 84th day conclusive (83 days after exposure)?


There is a lot of hysteria about HIV/AIDS. In UK there are approximately 140000 people living with it [according to a report in the Guardian]. Of those 45% are men who have sex with men, and another 45% odd of people from sub-Saharan Africa. That leaves 1400 people of which some 700 might be of the appropriate gender. There might be 2 million or so people of that gender who are sexually active.

You say that you had sex with an escort. I understand that they go for regular testing and that you - probably - used protection which would help. I would guess your risk is pretty low.

The tests are quick and accurate

Even if you were affected treatment is now so successful that - although not cured - the viral load cannot often be detected


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