Hiv

HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is a virus that is sexually transmitted and affects the body's ability to fight infections. It is a lifelong condition that progresses to a more severe form known as AIDS in the long run.

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Does positive HSV 1 and 2 after unprotected sex with CSW indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old male, and I had sex with a CSW, who was 32 years old. I had unprotected sex with her once last year, and I had protected sex with her five months back. I was diagnosed with herpes zoster four months back. After this, I have done p24 antigen, tri-dot, hepatitis B and...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your query is regarding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) status, it is negative so far. There are recommendations, and I also suggest getting the HIV test repeated at six months of last unprotected exposure. If that will be negative, you need not repeat the test aga...  Read Full »

Is having a fever with pain and rashes in the penis after a handjob with a sex worker concerning?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sex with a sex worker 28 days ago. During intercourse, the condom slipped to half of my penis. Then we stopped our intercourse and removed the condom. She started giving handjob to me. From the next day, I am having penile pain and rashes. I went for a test and was diagnosed with ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.If there was a slippage of condom, it would be considered as unprotected exposure. It is good that your HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test is negative after 13 days of exposure. But, I suggest you get tested for HIV with a fourth-generation rapid test to confirm HIV.Th...  Read Full »

Could I get infected by HIV by having sex with a CSW?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male, and a couple of months ago, I had availed an escort service. Ever since, I have been worrying all the time about possible HIV infection. I feel little embarrassed writing about all this. Please excuse if you find any content of my note below unwarranted. I will tr...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answers to your queries are: An estimated 40 to 90 % of patients with acute HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection will experience acute retroviral syndrome, which includes fever, lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis, skin rash, myalgia, arthralgia, etc. These symptoms...  Read Full »

I am worried about HIV or other STDs after unprotected sex. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old male, who had unprotected sex yesterday. I was drunk, but now, I am worried about HIV or any STDs for that matter. I do not have medical access for the next three months, as I am on a ship. If I express my apprehensions, it may cost me my job. I do have Lamivudine and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We do not know the HIV status (human immunodeficiency virus) of the person with whom you had sex and also your baseline HIV status, the other thing you mentioned that you do not have medical access for next three months. Considering the availability of only La...  Read Full »

Will post-exposure prophylaxis alter the results of fourth generation HIV test?

Query: Hi doctor, I had intercourse six months ago without a condom (but after six months of intercourse, she checked HIV antigen and antibody, p24 - negative), but she was positive for HSV 2. Again five months ago had intercourse with a condom (but oral sex without a condom). Then the very first day star...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am first going to mention the best part of the complete description given by you: 1) Both the partners, with whom you had exposure, were tested HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) negative. 2) You had started postexposure prophylaxis and completed it for 24 d...  Read Full »

Will homeopathy allergy tablets alter the HIV combination test results?

Query: Hello doctor, I had intercourse with a commercial sex worker around one and a half years ago. I had an accidental touch of my penis with her vagina. I do not know if any of her fluid touched my penis. After that, we had protective intercourse from that date. I have taken many CMIA fourth-generation...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The accidental contact which you mentioned comes in low-risk exposure. But, it is really good to know that HIV (human immunodeficiency) combination test is negative on the ninety-first day and the hundred and eighty-seventh day. The testing recommendations are to ge...  Read Full »

After how many days of exposure should I take an HIV test?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached my HIV reports taken on the 90th and 188th day after exposure for your reference. Both the reports are negative. There was no further exposure. Should I be concerned?   Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your test results will be considered conclusively negative if there is no further exposure. I hope my answer helps in relieving your stress. Please do not hesitate to ask if there ...  Read Full »

Is it possible that I got infected with HIV or other STD?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a query related to HIV infection. I was masturbating in the toilet by rubbing my penis against the wall. But I was wearing underwear. I had some precum on my underwear. After that, I touched tap water with one hand. I used the same hand for touching my penis. I had some precum on my...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no risk of having HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection in you from the description provided.   Read Full »

Does HIV cause low WBC?

Query: Hi doctor, I apologize at the beginning of the long description (just trying to be more descriptive to get the right answer). I am a 35-year-old male who had unprotected sex eight months back. I had no symptoms at all, but the next month I started to have some fears about HIV, so I had an Instant ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answers to your queries are: A) It is not an unusual scenario to see a more extended time clearing candidal infection in normal healthy individuals. For your present infection, I suggest taking, 1)Tablet Flucon (Fluconazole)150 mg once a day for ten days regularly...  Read Full »

Does skin rashes suggest HIV infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been away to abroad and developed skin rashes all over my stomach and legs. There are red dots everywhere and it is very itchy. I am worried it could be linked to HIV?  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have developed maculopapular erythematous lesions with itching, which can occur in multiple conditions. Please inform whether the lesions are also in finger webs and genital area. If there is intense itching, one of the differential diagnosis is scabies. Have you...  Read Full »

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