Q. I have itchy rashes at the bottom of the ears with negative HIV tests. Do I need another HIV test?

Answered by
Dr. Shanza Ikram
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on May 23, 2020

Hello doctor,

I had protected sex with a woman. After a few days, I had an itch at the bottom of one of my ears. After 12 days, I done an HIV RNA PCR test and it was negative. After a few days, I had a wart-like bump in the shaft of my penis and body itching. Then after 60 days, I have done HIV duo combo test and it was negative. In these days, I had intense itching with rash similiar at the bottom of both of my ears. After 90 days, I have done the ELISA test, test for hepatitis A and B, herpes, syphilis, chlamydia, and they were negatives. After a few days, I had small itchy red bumps in the body. After 225 days, I done HIV tridot test and it was negative. But the itching in the body with bumps continues. Now I am 314th day after sex. What should I do? Should I go for another HIV test or other STD tests?

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the case. In my opinion, if you have no contact history for almost a year then there is no need to repeat all the tests. But first, you need detailed physical examination because there are different types of itchy red bumps and some of these are linked to sex and some are not. So do not go for all tests at once.


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Thank you doctor,

But I think it must be a disease. During this period my mother also had these same symptoms that I have close contact with her. Hence, it should be a disease. What should I do? She first felt the same symptom that I had, ( itching in the bottom of ears), now body itching with bumps also. Is there a need to see a doctor?

Dr. Shanza Ikram

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Well, in that case when other family members are also involved then sexually transmitted disease is less likely. I advise you to apply five percent Permethrin lotion on the whole body at night and then take a bath in the morning. Ask your mother that she also apply it even if she does not have itching right now.

Wash all your clothing and bedding. Repeat all procedures after a week. It could be scabies and it is easily treatable.


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