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I had a unprotected vaginal sex 3 weeks ago with whom I believe to be very low risk. She got tested 6 months ago and her only other partner was her boyfriend whom she has been with for 2 years.
I have never really had dandruff, or at least not enough to ever notice it. Today I look at my chair, which is black, and noticed quite a bit. I have also noticed the back of my head seems to itch / burn. To my knowledge I have not had fever, enlarged lymphnodes, etc.
Is excessive dandruff a sign of HIV? I read that dandruff can be a sign of a viral infection since it can be caused by bacteria on the scalp. Is this true?
Dandruff is by far more common than HIV. There are an estimated 6 million people with psoriasis in the US. Psoriasis in the scalp also causes dandruff or something like it, not sure of the exact terminology. You can't get psoriasis from anyone and if you have it there is no cure but plenty of meds and therapy. Not sure of your situation but see a dermatologist regardless.
I have never had it before and this is crazy. The only explanation is something that would lower my immune system. 6 million people is not that many compared to the million that have HIV in the US. I am really freaking out here. Would it be possible that this would be my only sign of HIV?
The fact that you've never had dandruff before means nothing. Everything has to start somewhere... Do you think people are just born with dandruff?
The chances of you having HIV are just astronomical. But hey, clearly the only thing that will reassure you is a negative test at three months. While you're waiting for the time to pass, talk to your doctor about medication for your anxiety and irrational thoughts, and seek therapy.
Anxiety can suppress your immune system - which apparently causes dandruff. I've had this my whole life BEFORE I started having sex. Go to the shampoo section of Wal-Mart and look at all of the dandruff shampoos. Dandruff is incredibly common and yes you have to start somewhere. Especially if it's psoriasis related which can occur at any point in your life. I was 22 years old before it hit me. My mom had it in her 20s, it went away for 30 years and came back. This forum and the Dr. HHH forum are good places for info but no substitute for testing or a real doctor. Searching the internet will net you 5 different answers for every question.
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