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Is Seborrheic Dermatitis an early/acute symptom of HIV? I had an unprotected sex encounter on Nov 2nd and developed dry, flaky skin on my face 3 weeks later. She has assured me time and time again that she doesn't have hiv, however I went and got tested for HIV on Dec 3rd and it was negative. I'm very worried because I've never had this dry, flaky skin on my face before.
First, you didn't mention if you know your partners HIV status or not. Second, ignore any symptoms, they mean nothing one way or the other (rely only on testing). A 1 time exposure in most cases yields a pretty low chance of catching HIV. You had a test 1 month after the exposure in which 80-90% of people who are going to test positive will have done so. This should give you some mental comfort. If I were you I would do a 3 month test just to confirm and get this issue out of the way. In the meantime, use protction every single time. The odds are in your favor (like 1 chance in 2000 or so), but still do the testing to be safe.
thank you for your reply. she has told me time and time again that she doesn't have hiv, has been tested negative and thinks I am crazy. I am just very worried because of the timing of the dry and flaky skin I have developed on my face and our encounter - everything I read...it links SDermatitis with hiv. So are you saying SDermatitis is Not an early/acute symptom of hiv???
I absolutely will and do use protection every time. it was a stupid decision in the first place, however the condom broke and i didn't notice it until it was over. I definitely will go back and get tested again in February. I appreciate your support.
aussie123 - Thank you for your post. Although I read the above comments stating it is not a symptom, I am still very worried. If I may ask - have you been tested for hiv? Did your Seborrheic Dermatitis come around the time when there were any weather changes, stress, etc. (as many things read for symptom flare-ups? I'm trying to get a gauge on if it is just a strange coincidence of the onset of the dermatitis or what the deal is. I appreciate your response.
I havn't been tested yet(For HIV), my exposure was 20 days ago, i'm going to wait (Painfully and anxiously) until 6 weeks and 13 weeks. my SD occured 12 days after my exposure, ive never had it before, my eyebrows were flaking and my scalp was itchy as all hell, I had a shower and it flared right up(even on my cheek), so i went to the doc and he said i got Seborrheic Dermatitis. I also asked him what causes it he said its just a skin condition and it can be caused by stress. I also had a Complete Blood Count done with everything normal and no sign of infection.( Which I later learned cannot indicate or rule out HIV, so i guess i'm going to have to wait and get tested.)
Just with the SB specifically, I got back from overseas the day before my potential exposure, I went from the humid wet hot tropics to the dry summer of Australia, I'm told that the weather change plus the stress of not knowing if Ive been infected probably contributed to the flare up.
Hope that helps, what about you, any weather changes for you?
Thanks for the response - I really appreciate it. Yes - that was exactly the reason for my question...I've read a lot and been told that weather changes and stress can contribute to SB flare-ups. I can say that I've been very stressed out just like you and I first noticed my SB around that time, along with the weather changed to winter here- from being more humid and high temps between 50-70 to less humid, more dry, winter with high temps between 20-35.
The thing that confuses me about it all is that everything I read seems that SB is associated with oily skin...however from all I can tell - my skin is dry, flaky and is the worst in the morning when I wake up and when I get out of the shower. I apply moisturizer and it seems that my face just sucks it right up and immediately becomes flaky again.
I hope this helps and I will continue to pray for both of us that the stress & weather change is the reason for our initial flare-up if it truly is SB. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond..I hope my comments help.
Thank you for your post chrisneedshelp. It definitely isn't what I wanted to hear because it leaves more open-ended. The timing is what has me scared...although, I understand it can be caused by other things, it will just be a long and very stressful next 30 days waiting to go get tested. I posted another question back on 12/27/07 describing my situation. I was tested negative 4 1/2 weeks after potential exposure and had already developed dry and flaky skin on my face at that point in time. This is emotionally awful.
Thank you shadow1234567 for your comment. I truly hope that is the case and the statistical inferences are on my side of definitely being negative. By the way...i'm happy to hear you not say - go tarheels :) I can deal with the wolfpack. Again, I appreciate your support and willingness to provide your information.
I'm actually from Ohio, but have been a huge duke fan for my entire life (from my family). I've been to NC quite a bit and have attended both a football and basketball game at NC State. I really liked both stadiums and had a great time. If I may ask, what is your interest in making your very valuable contributions to this forum? You don't have to answer if you don't feel comfortable, however I am very grateful for you helping talk me through my paranoid state and issues.
well i cheated on my wife and read about symptoms and i PANICKED then i found myself here i couldnt take it i was like everyone else who finds this forum worried to death then i tested and got educated and i felt that i could help people who are in the same boat worried about hiv its been a long road for me but i have finally got my life back and i just try to help others who fear they have hiv always remember this my dr told me hiv is a fragile virus to get all the cards have to be right to get it .well do you think i thought that was true no i didnt not at the time but now i do when you get educated on hiv you come to realize that but i enjoy giving my thoughts so thats why im here
well I can say with confidence that you are providing a great service and i really have appreciated it. you have helped me to become more educated on hiv and beginning to come to grips with my out of control panic. i really take to heart what you doctor said and have continued to educate myself more and more. i can say where I am now - it has both helped and hurt because as I'm sure as you are fully aware, a person can drive themselves crazy reading all the internet has to offer to read. I am very glad to hear you say that you've got your life back. i just continue to pray that I don't have hiv and the general symptoms I feel I've had are just a bad coincidence in timing. As I keep going back and forth with more education, I get very nervous everytime I think about going back in and getting tested and waiting for the results, as I'm sure you did too. thank you so much again.
I appreciate your comment and as I wait to take my 3 month test - I can't help but be nervous. I surely hope it is worried well and can build the courage to get my life back as you said you eventually overcame yourself. I went ahead a read a lot about the descriptions of worried well and the statements align exactly with how I feeling, what I am thinking and my fears. Thank you again for your honest support. I wanted to comment quickly on the tarheels win last night over clemson - how depressing in the last second of overtime. still undefeated...damn it.
I developed SD after going from tropical climate in southeast asia to whatever climate san francisco has. I think I am just like aussie because I think it was a combination of the weather and stress (stress of worrying about hiv after reading all the symptons online). i was tested 3 times at 3 months and it came back negative. I think stress brings it on and weather doesnt help....but I am also curious about rain water because for the first time in my life I had to shower in rain water because I was staying on an island, so all the showers have rain water....I've always suspected this as well, like maybe there's a fungus that lives in the rain water...but it was probably just the weather and stress...but aussie, if you showered in rain water for the first time can you tell me cuz I wonder if that may be a factor.
when anxiety kicks in, even the smallest itch that appears on your body makes you worry especially when you're anxious about hiv related disease.
after a while, anxiety physically manifest itself and yes, that is scary because you're messed up! you can't think, eat, sleep and/or do anything you used to do. being that way, your chances of worrying about hiv heightens. you feel you have it in your body...you somehow CAN feel hiv IN YOU where in fact its' just your mind.
i'm not saying HIV isn't real...but settle down and do the test.
Theres no such thing as an old post. People still search for "seborrheic dermatitis hiv" in google and come across this post, its best to talk about anything that may help us understand things because until hiv is cured, people will continue to find this post in google and read it and find answers that may help them.
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