Q. I have cough and my throat is red which does not get relieved on Azithromycin. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Atishay Bukharia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 14, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am 22 years old. I have some issues. Three years ago I had sex with a girl whom I don't know well and five months after I got two red dots on my hands (one on the right hand and one on the left hand) and that one on the left hand was spreading by the time and other stayed the same. They do not hurt when I touch them, and before two months I started to cough and my throat became red but it does not hurt. My lymph node on the left side of the neck became a bit bigger. I consulted a Doctor and he gave me Azithromicin, after I finished with it nothing changed. The lymph node is normal now, but my throat is still very red and it does not hurt. I was afraid of that so I went to a private clinic and did an OraQuick HIV-1/2 test on blood from blood vein and it was negative. So is that sure that I do not have HIV? Anxiety is torturing me, what you think that could be?

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

First of all, the dots which you have mentioned are no way related to HIV infection. You have tonsillitis, so my advice is to take Amoxycillin and Clavulanic acid 625 mg tablet twice daily for ten days. Since you had unsafe sex, you might be exposed to HIV, so go through HIV, RNA, RTPCR tests, and ELISA to rule out any HIV. RTPCR will detect the virus even if it is present in a very low amount. Chances of acquiring HIV after penetrative vaginal sex with HIV positive women is only 0.1%. So kindly review with the tests which I am quite sure of yours being negative. From now on always practice safe sex.

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