[Question #6684] Rash question

14 months ago
Dear Dr's I am back but with a different question.

I have tested at 5.5 months for all stds except HPV(no warts), herpes, and mono.

I know pretty much everything is conclusive at this time however I have a rash on shin( scaley, kinda circular and extremely itchy especially in the shower), a d two small dime sized rashes of similar style on my arm a d my other leg.

I did suffer from eczema as a child.

Now my questions would be could those type of rashes be caused by a STD I have not tested for?

HepC antibodies by 5.5 months conclusive?

Could I have HPV and it be lowering my immunity?

Will note I had a  CBC and it was normal as a gernal check up. Also I feel pretty good other than rash.

I think I already know the answers to this but I support what you guys do and it feeds my anxiety sadly.


H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
14 months ago
Welcome back, but I'm sorry you found it necessary. I'm taking this question, but I have reviewed your recent discussion with Dr. Hook.

You really provided the answer yourself at the end of that discussion. You wrote "My shin rash just keeps coming and going being itchy and I'm being a hypochondriac."

Your HIV test results prove you don't have HIV, which therefore is not a possible cause of your rash. Anyway, neither HIV, hepatitis C, nor any other sexually transmissible infection causes such a rash. And no, HPV doesn't alter one's immune system. (And you don't have HIV, if that's what you meant, not HPV.) Beyond that, I have no advice:  this forum is stricly limited to STD and HIV issues. Since your rash cannot be due to such condtions, it is beyond the forum's service profile. If the rash continues, you should see a doctor about it, preferably a dermatologist. It has nothing at all to do with your recent sexual exposure. 

I hope these comments are a little bit helpful. Best wishes and stay safe.

HHH, MD
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14 months ago
They are helpful. Thank you. I understand my test are conclusive I just keep getting nervous after the rash comes back or if i get a mouth ulcer or I notice my tounge has gunk on it. I'll refrain from asking more questions.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
14 months ago
White coated tongue ("gunk"?) goes along with innumerable medical conditions, nutrition, and so on. It can occur with HIV, but its occurrence rarely indicates HIV, and certainly would never be the only sympotm. And certaintly there is no reason to suspect HIV on the basis of a localized rash anywhere on the body. HIV infections don't cause such skin problems.---
14 months ago
Thanks Dr. I guess my final question regardless of symtpoms I should be in the clear regarding STI's and STD's if all my test came negative at 5.5 months?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
14 months ago
Test result overrule all symptoms. You're home free.

I hope the discussion has been helpful. Best wishes and stay safe.
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