How many days after HIV do rashes appear?

Q. How many days after HIV do rashes appear?

Answered by
Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 12, 2018

Hello doctor,

15 days back, I met a girl and we got talking and I was really into her. During the course of sex (I had a condom but before I could use it), she started rubbing my penis on her vagina and clitoris. There was a definite presence of vaginal fluid on the head of the penis. I freaked out but was assured by her that she is not HIV positive and I have nothing to worry about. I later looked up symptoms of HIV on the net and one of the symptoms mentioned was rashes. About a week later I found red bumps on the arm. I started to apply a normal cream on the spots (the ones you apply in the winters to keep your lips and cheeks from cracking) and the redness of the bumps went away after two to three days and the bumps also started to fall. The bumps are all much smaller than when started and have started to merge back into the skin. I have had no fever in this period. So I was really freaked out and want to post some questions as follows:

  1. How many days after HIV do rashes appear?
  2. How many days do they last?
  3. Can the rashes appear without other symptoms such as fever?
  4. Can the rashes go away without specific treatment, and by applying just any winter cream?

Currently, I am on medications for blood pressure.



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  1. A rash is a very vague term and rashes are not specific for HIV. There is no definite time range for the appearance of HIV and we do not suspect HIV after the appearance of general rashes. I do not see any need to worry about HIV because of this rash you had.
  2. I said about there is no defined period appearance or duration of the rash.
  3. This rash seems to be due to local allergic causes. Yes, the rash can appear without other symptoms.
  4. Rashes due to HIV generally do not go away on their own.

For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply. It does put me a lot at ease. I had been worried sick since the red rash showed up. Just wanted to point out that I had attached the link to the picture of the rash on the original post. Two days before that rash appeared I had moved to another home which had been locked down for months and the mattress and all was not fully cleaned when I started to use the bed. I did use new sheets, but the mattress was dusted not as thoroughly as it perhaps should have been. I spend a lot of my time on the bed resting sideways, as I use my right arm to perk me up to use the laptop. The red rashes in the picture appeared on the right arm which was in contact with the mattress more than perhaps any other part of the body. Could those rashes have been because of dirt or dust? I thank you once again for having put me at ease about that rashes in the previous reply.



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I have read your query and looked at the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, this rash could be due to local allergic or irritant reaction caused by the mattress. Glad to have helped you.

For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

Thank you doctor,

I wanted to confirm that you had looked at the pictures of the rash before your first reply, right? If not, then in light of seeing the picture your opinion in your first reply, remains unchanged?



Welcome back to

The answer remains unchanged after looking at the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This rash is not due to HIV and rashes are not a specific symptom of HIV.

For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

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