Originally Posted by TKBooM1
Hi I've been checking out the symptoms and it says a rash is one of them. Is there a specific part of the body it usually appears? Where is the trunk of the body? I had sex with a girl I don't know back in the first week of December 2004. Haven't had any symptoms other than some sort of rash that first appeared as one bruise like oval on my upper outer left thigh. I thought it was a bruise at first but after a few weeks when it didn't go away I started to worry. Then in the past week Iíve been getting some small red spots on the back of my calves. They are not clustered nor are they painful or itchy. I have an appointment at the doctor next Tuesday so I will ask for a blood test to be sure, but just wanted some input on the rash symptom like is it a specific rash (does it have to be a pimple like rash in clusters?) and can it be anywhere on the body including the calves. Also one more thing, about 3 weeks ago I had a big painless bump behind my left ear that went away in about 1 week or so. I didnít think anything of it at the time but now Iím wondering. Is there lymph nodes behind the ears?
Thanks a lot for any help and all the info already on this board.
First off HIV is not an easy virus to get, more so woman to man, the percentage per exposure for a man through vaginal sex with an infected woman is on the order of .02%, that is very low. That said, if you did have sex with an HIV infected woman you could be infected the first time or the 400th time, you must always assume your partner is positive and be safe accordingly.
The rash you are talking about is during ARS or Acute Retroviral Syndorome, it usually occurs 2-6 weeks after infection to HIV, the symptoms hit all at once and go away all at once, thewy typically last 4-12 days. They do not come on as one symptom then go away and come back as another, then go away and another symptom. Following ARS a person is typically asymptomatic for years and feel fine, it takes 5-10 years before a person will develop Opportunistic Infections do to a weak immune system.
Symtoms are absolutely no way to tel if you have been infected with HIV, some describe ARS as the worse flu they ever had, other had absolutely no symptoms and found out they had HIV years later when OI's started to show. The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to test 13 weeks after your riskiest possible exposure.
Best of health, always use condoms.