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Molluscum Contagiosum ... HIV /-?

Thanks ahead for your time and for your help.  I was just diagnosed and treated for mollscum contagiosum which I have apparently had for a few months.  The lesions are located starting about 1 inch below my belly button and extend down to about 1 inch above my penis.  They also extend about 1 - 1 1/2 inches to each side of my belly button with the occasional single lesion further away from my belly button.  There is also one lesion on my inner thigh.  I'd guess that there are about 25-30 lesions total.

I am concerned that I may have HIV and am currently awaiting test results.  In the meantime, I would like to hear your professional opinion on the liklihood of me having HIV.

I have had probably about 8 (vaginal) sexual partners in the last 3 years.  However, in April I had an extensive military physical as I should be starting military pilot training next summer.  I am almost positive that they tested for HIV as it a disqualifying condition in the military.  

I believe that the lesions started to appear shortly, and no more than a month or two after I had that physical done (I passed it).  During that time I had one main sexual partner and two other partners that I had a sexual encounter with only once apiece.  I had mostly protected but did have some unprotected vaginal sex for an amount of time with the first two partners that I mentioned, and didn't go any futher than oral sex (she performed it on me) with the other partner.

I did not happen to notice any lesions on any of the three ladies.

I have also noticed that I've had an occasional canker (sp?) sore in my mouth in the last few months.

I know that MC can occur as a symptom of HIV, but I'd guess that the lesions would appear in some other random spot on my body instead of where they are if they were from HIV.

What do you think?

Thanks!!!!!!!!!

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Molluscum is a very common condition, in both children and adults.  Having them does not mandate an HIV test.  Please get the mollusca treated, confirm that you had a negative HIV test--as you almost certainly did--and then forget about it.

Take care.

Dr. Rockoff
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I think that there is little doubt that the military does an HIV test as a matter of course. I am pretty sure you were tested and will be very, very surprised if I am wrong. I would be willing to bet that you have very little to worry about. Many, many, many people have molluscum (including children) who certainly do not have HIV.
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