I'm afraid I'm in no way to judge whether you had some sort of sexual or other event that could have risked HIV. You were there, I wasn't. But my bet is that nothing happened.
Your HIV test result is strong evidence that HIV isn't the cause of your rash: once HIV symptoms start, the blood test is almost always positive. And your rash doesn't sound like that associated with HIV, and HIV could never cause a rash as the only symptom.
I'm not going to guess at other possible causes; we don't speculate once it is clear that neither HIV nor any other STD is the cause of symptoms. See a doctor or clinic if you remain concerned. If you are reasonably certain a high risk event occurred, you could have another HIV test at 6-8 weeks after the event. If you do, I'm confident it would remain negative.
Regards-- HHH, MD
Thanks for the quick reply.
Just to clarify, I took an hiv ab test two days before the rash showed up. Only 22 days out from what may or may not have been an exposure. I noticed small bumps on my left hand two days after the hiv test, and three days after I had small red bumps around the left side of belly and towards hip. They almost look like bug bites or tiny zits but there are multiple.
So in ars seroconversion a rash cannot be the only symptom?
Does an ars rash involve the trunk and face or is it so wide spread?
I have read that it looks more like a raised sunburn that doesn't itch. Is that true?
Thank u for your help Doc.
"So in ars seroconversion a rash cannot be the only symptom?" Nope. I already said that. And ARS with rash always causes high fever as well.
The other details are not important. I already said your description doesn't sound like an ARS rash; and anyway, since all evidence is that ARS isn't the cause, it doesn't seem productive to delve into details of what HIV associated rashes look like.
See a doctor if you remain concerned about it. But I'm afraid this forum has done all it can for you. Please accept the reassurance that it isn't HIV (for a whole bunch of reasons).
Thank your for your time Doc.
Hope you will answer one last question.
If I were to experience a fever and/or sore throat after a month would that be of concern towards an hiv infection. I've read that it can show up from 2-4 weeks. It's now been 32 days since the night I was drunk.
Just wondering if I should be worried about ARS after a month.
Thank you doc.
Ill wait for six weeks test for piece of mind and hope it comes out negative.
A month is too late for onset of ARS symptoms.
That ends this thread. I wobn't have any further comments or advice.