1) Acute HIV does not present with chickenpox or chickenpox-like skin rash, and anyway the symptoms described in the other thread started too soon to be due to HIV.
2) A person with fever or other symptoms that are unexplained, and that worries him or her, should see a health care provider. The chance such symptoms are due to HIV depends a lot on the nature of the risk. In your case, the chance of catching HIV from the exposure you describe is zero or close to it.
3) Acyclovir would not have been harmful. But nobody should self-treat with prescription drugs without medical advice; and the likelihood herpes explained his symptoms was zero.
4) You should not assume the skin lesions are due to chickenpox unless confirmed by a health care provider. And it sounds like you misread something. HIV itself does not cause skin lesions like those of chickenpox, and I'm sure the CDC website doesn't say that.
About timing of HIV testing, see many other website and search the threads here (and on the STD Forum) for "time to positive HIV test". It usually takes 3-4 weeks for the test to become positive, sometimes 6-8 weeks, and rarely 3 months. But given the nature of the encounter you describe, you likely don't need HIV testing at all - but follow the advice of your own provider.
Your partner should have told you she is HIV positive before she had sex with you, regardless of being on HIV drugs and regardless of planned condom use.
Finally, the whole story is so similar that I have to suspect you are the same person as man of fear. Please, no more new threads.
Good luck-- HHH, MD
After following this forum for a short period. One of the things Dr. HHH will probably say is that you can search on "time to positive HIV test" to get more info on HIV testing. He will probably say test @ 6 weeks and again @ 13 weeks since your partner was HIV+.
Thanks Doc and everyone,
I went to the Dermatologist today and she diagnosed my skin lesions as Pityriasis Rosea. I was so relieved by her diagnosis she did a biopsy to just confirm and gave me a corticosteroid injection and Cloderm cream for the my itchy sensitive spots twice per day and olux (clobetasol propionate foam 0.05%) She said I should use this on the body lesions and skin areas that she noticed. I had the descriptions wrong she said it was a christmas tree type pattern with a herald patch that is usually scaly and then 1 week later all spots of lesions form on the chest neck lower back and sometimes the face area and legs. But the disease is self limiting which usually last about 2-6 weeks and sometimes shorter. Also it has a low recurrence rate of 3% and noone really knows what causes it but they attribute it to a some HH7 virus or stress related occurences. I have been majorly stressed out lately and I am just relieved by your response Doc and everyones contribution. I have been scared straight by this ordeal, I am just going to get married and settle down and raise a family and call it a day.
This past week has been hell believe me and I would not wish it on anyone neither will I ever put myself in a situation like that ever again. I feel so much better knowing now what the diagnosis is and that I can just relax and let this common benign skin disease end its course and learn a great life's lesson in the process.
Thank all of you for a good counseling and wise commentary.
I have learned a wise lesson and believe me I will not be forgetting this ever. Thanks a million for this website of inforamtion. Have a good day...by